Justice UU Lalit might become the next CJI, NV Ramanna recommended

CJI NV Ramanna recommends the name of Justice UU Lalit as the next CJI.

Justice UU Lalit (Uday Umesh Lalit) can become the next Chief Justice (CJI) of the country. Current CJI NV Ramanna on Thursday recommended his name to the government as his successor.

If this recommendation is accepted, Justice Lalit will take oath as the 49th CJI of India.
Ramanna is due to retire on August 26 and is followed by Justice Lalit in the order of seniority.

CJI Ramanna submitted a copy of the recommendation to Justice Lalit

In view of the retirement of CJI Ramanna, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday wrote to him requesting him to recommend the name of his successor.

On this, the CJI recommended the name of Justice Lalit on Thursday and also handed over a copy of it to Justice Lalit.
If Justice Lalit becomes the CJI, he will become the second CJI to be directly elevated from the Bar to a Supreme Court bench.

Justice SM Sikri was the first Justice to be directly promoted to CJI

Justice SM Sikri was the first CJI to be directly elevated from the bar to the Supreme Court bench. He was made the 13th CJI of the country in January 1971. Justice Lalit was elevated as a judge in the Supreme Court on August 13, 2014.

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Justice Lalit was part of the bench that gave the verdict on triple talaq

Justice Lalit has been a part of the bench giving important decisions on the triple talaq case which has a major impact on the social system of the country. This bench had declared triple talaq unconstitutional.

He recused himself from the Ayodhya case, as he was appearing on behalf of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh in a contempt case related to the Babri demolition. His decision made a lot of headlines.

Justice Lalit has also been a part of these important decisions

Justice Lalit has been a part of several important decisions since his elevation as a judge of the Supreme Court. He had also pronounced the verdict in the matter related to the maintenance of Padmanabha Swamy temple.

Not only this, he was also a part of the bench which gave important decisions regarding the POCSO Act.
In this judgment, it was said that touching the private parts of children with malafide intention will also be considered as sexual harassment under section 7 of the POCSO Act.

Justice Lalit’s tenure will be less than three months

Born on November 9, 1957, Justice Lalit started his career as an advocate in June 1983. He was a lawyer of the Bombay High Court till 1985.

He then moved to Delhi in 1986 and started practicing as a senior advocate in the Supreme Court in April 2004.
Justice Lalit’s tenure as CJI will be very short i.e. just three months and he will retire on November 8, 2022.

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