Justice Uday Umesh Lalit takes oath as 49th Chief Justice of India

Justice UU Lalit taking oath as 49th Chief Justice of India on August 27, 2022. [Wikimedia/President's Secretariat]

New Delhi: Justice Uday Umesh Lalit was sworn in as the 49th Chief Justice of India on Saturday, a day after Justice NV Ramana retired from the highest judicial post.

President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office of the Chief Justice of India to Justice Lalit at Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning, news agency ANI reported.

Justice Ramana had recommended Justice Lalit as his successor in keeping with convention and norms of seniority. The President subsequently confirmed Justice Lalit’s appointment as the new Chief Justice of India or CJI.

Justice Lalit will have a brief tenure of 74 days as the head of India’s judiciary and would retire on 8 November.

The outgoing CJI Ramana on his last working day apologized for not being able to list all the pending matters and said the court has been firefighting pendency, which rose alarmingly during the pandemic months, the news agency report mentioned.

Justice Lalit will be the second CJI who was directly elevated to the Supreme Court bench from the Bar. Justice SM Sikri, who became the 13th Chief Justice of India in January 1971, was the first lawyer to be elevated directly to the top court bench in March 1964.


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