Justice DY Chandrachud has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of India

New Delhi: Justice DY Chandrachud will succeed the current CJI UU Lalit and become the next Chief Justice of India on November 9.

President Draupadi Murmu appointed Justice DY Chandrachud as the next Chief Justice of India.

Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju said in a tweet, “In exercise of the powers conferred by the Constitution of India, the President appoints Dr. Justice DY Chandrachud, a judge of the Supreme Court as the Chief Justice of India with effect from 9 November 22.”

On October 11, Chief Justice of India UU Lalit appointed Justice Chandrachud, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, as his successor.

CJI Lalit, who will retire on November 8, handed over the letter of recommendation to Justice Chandrachud in the presence of all the Supreme Court judges.

Justice Chandrachud, who will hold office till November 10, 2024, is the son of former Supreme Court judge YV Chandrachud, who was the longest-serving CJI, serving for about seven years and four months between 1978 and 1985 .During his tenure, Justice DY Chandrachud overturned two of his father’s convictions – which were related to adultery and right to privacy.

Justice Chandrachud, who holds a PhD from Harvard Law School, is known as a maverick judge. He played a key role in introducing virtual hearings during Covid, which has now become a permanent feature. He has been part of landmark decisions on Ayodhya title dispute, decriminalization of homosexuality, adultery, privacy, entry of women into Sabarimala, etc.

Justice Chandrachud practiced in the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court. He graduated with a BA with Honors in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi and a BA in Law from the Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi. He also served as Additional Solicitor General of India from 1998 to 2000. He was first appointed as a Judge of the Bombay High Court on 29 March 2000.

Justice Chandrachud also served as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court from 31 October 2013 until his elevation as a Supreme Court judge on 13 May 2016.

Justice Chandrachud A was Visiting Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Mumbai and at the University of Oklahoma Law School, USA. In June 1998, he was appointed as a senior advocate by the Bombay High Court.

The Centre, as per the memorandum of procedure, has asked the outgoing CJI to name the successor exactly one month before retirement. On October 7, Justice Minister Rijiju wrote to Chief Justice Lalit to make a recommendation for the appointment of his successor.

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