On Saturday, 27th AUGUST, 2022, Justice Uday Umesh Lalitwas sworn in as the 49th Chief Justice of India (CJI). President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office to Justice Lalit during the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan's Durbar Hall. The new CJI will be in office for a short time, until November 8, 2022.
Justice Ramana recommended Justice Lalit as his successor in accordance with convention and seniority norms. The President then confirmed Justice Lalit's appointment as the new Chief Justice of India.
Justice Lalit will be India's chief justice for 74 days before retiring on November 8.
Justice Lalit has also promised to establish a clear procedure for bringing urgent matters before the Supreme Court's respective benches. He pledged that the Supreme Court would maintain at least one Constitution Bench throughout the year.
Justice Lalit was born in Solapur, Maharashtra, on November 9, 1957. His father, UR Lalit, was a senior advocate at the Supreme Court and an additional judge on the Bombay High Court's Nagpur bench. Justice Lalit became an advocate in June 1983. He worked as a criminal law specialist at the Bombay High Court from 1983 to 1985.
He moved his practise to Delhi in January 1986, and the Supreme Court appointed him as a senior advocate in April 2004. He was later appointed as a special public prosecutor by the CBI to oversee the trial in the 2G spectrum allocation case.
Following Justice Lalit's retirement, Justice DY Chandrachud is expected to be appointed as India's 50th Chief Justice.