Thu. Sep 29th, 2022
President of India Droupadi Murmu appoints Justice Uday Umesh Lalit as 49th Chief Justice of India

The President of India Droupadi Murmu has appointed Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Judge of the Supreme Court as the Chief Justice of India. He will take over as the 49th Chief Justice of India on 27th August 2022. The present CJI Justice N V Ramana will retire on 26th August.

In exercise of the power conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India, President appoints CJI.

Justice Uday Umesh Lalit was appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court of India in August 2014 from the Bar. He will become the second Chief Justice of India to be directly elevated to the Supreme Court from the Bar, after Justice S.M. Sikri, who served as the 13th CJI in 1971. 

Justice Lalit has served as a Member of Supreme Court Legal Services Committee for two terms. He has to his credit several landmark judgments.

He was born on 9th November, 1957 at Solapur, Maharashtra. He was enrolled as an advocate by the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa in June, 1983. He practised in the High Court of Bombay till December, 1985 before shifting his practice to Delhi in January, 1986.

He worked in the chambers of Soli J. Sorabjee from October 1986 till 1992 and was on the panel of lawyers for the Union of India during the period Soli J. Sorabjee was Attorney General for India. 

He practised as advocate on record between 1992-2002 and was designated as Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in April 2004. He was also appointed Amicus Curiae in many important issues, including Forest matters, Vehicular Pollution, Pollution of Yamuna. He was appointed as Special Public Prosecutor for CBI under the orders of the Supreme Court to conduct trial in all 2G matters.

Amicus Curiae is referencing a person who is not a party to an action, but has a strong interest in the matter.

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