Justice Uday Umesh Lalit : 49th Chief Justice Of India
Justice Uday Umesh Lalit was appointed the 49th Chief Justice of India (CJI) after President Droupadi Murmu signed his warrant of appointment.
- Justice Lalit will assume charge on August 27, a day after Justice N.V. Ramana demits office as the CJI.
- Justice Lalit will have a brief tenure as he will demit office on November 8 after holding the charge as the CJI for a little under three months.
- Justice Lalit will be the second CJI who was directly elevated to the apex court Bench from the Bar.
- Justice S.M. Sikri was the first lawyer to be elevated directly to the top court Bench in March 1964 and went on to become the 13th CJI in January 1971.
- While Supreme Court judges retire on attaining the age of 65, judges of the 25 High Courts superannuate at the age of 62.
- Justice Lalit has been part of several landmark judgments, including the one which held the practice of divorce through instant triple talaq among Muslims illegal and unconstitutional.
- Before his elevation as a judge, he was appointed a special public prosecutor for the CBI to conduct trial in the 2G spectrum allocation case.
- Starting out at the Bombay High Court, he shifted his practice to Delhi in January 1986, and in April 2004, he was designated as a senior advocate by the apex court.
- He was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court on August 13, 2014.