Justice UU Lalit swears to serve as India’s 49th Chief Justice.

Justice UU Lalit swears to serve as India's 49th Chief Justice.

The 49th Chief Justice of India, Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, was sworn in on Saturday, one day after Justice NV Ramana announced his retirement. The Chief Justice of India took the oath of office from President of India Droupadi Murmu.

Early in the morning, India spoke with Justice Lalit at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Justice NV Ramana, who resigned on August 26, is replaced by him.

Justice Ramana suggested that Justice Lalit replace him because of custom and seniority laws. Later, the President supported Justice Lalit’s appointment as India’s next Chief Justice.
India’s courts will only be under Justice Lalit’s management for 74 days.

Justice Lalit stated yesterday at Justice Ramana’s goodbye celebration that he will concentrate on three key topics during his roughly three-month term. One of his major priorities will be to list the cases.

Justice Lalit has also committed to maintaining a clear framework so that any pressing issues can be taken openly to the appropriate benches of the top court.

He guaranteed that the Supreme Court would have at least one Constitution Bench on staff for the entire year.

Judge Lalit stated, “The greatest approach to ensure that the law is transparent and uniform, in my opinion, is for the Supreme Court to have larger benches as soon as possible when matters are submitted to them. In this manner, the concerns are immediately resolved, the case is consistent, and the people are fully informed of the legal positions.”

On his last day of work, departing CJI Ramana apologised for not being able to name every case that was still pending and mentioned that the court was now dealing with a backlog of cases that had accumulated swiftly over the previous few months.

Prior to being appointed as a Supreme Court judge, Justice Lalit was a well-known senior attorney. On August 13, 2014, he was chosen to join the Supreme Court.

Justice Lalit will be the second Chief Justice of India to hold the position without first holding the office of judge. The first attorney to be appointed directly to the Supreme court bench was Justice SM Sikri. In January 1971, he was appointed the 13th Chief Justice of India.

On November 9, 1957, Lalit was born in Solapur, Maharashtra. His father, UR Lalit, was a well-known Supreme Court attorney and an additional judge for the Bombay High Court’s Nagpur division. Justice Lalit submitted an application to become a lawyer in June 1983. He served as a criminal law specialist in the Bombay High Court from 1983 to 1985.

In January 1986, he relocated his practise to Delhi, and the Supreme Court promoted him to senior advocate in April 2004.

Later, the CBI selected him to serve as a special public prosecutor in the case involving the distribution of the 2G spectrum.

On November 8, Justice Lalit will retire, and Justice DY Chandrachud is expected to be named India’s 50th Chief Justice.

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