Justice DY Chandrachud was named the 50th Chief Justice of India on Monday, according to Union law minister Kiren Rijiju.
President Droupadi Murmu would ordain Justice Chandrachud as Chief Justice of India on November 9. He will replace Justice UU Lalit, who has a brief 74-day term left.After the news, law minister Kiren Rijiju said, “Extending my best wishes to Justice DY Chandrachud for the ceremonial oath taking ceremony on November 9th.”
Justice Chandrachud was suggested as his replacement by Chief Justice Lalit last week since he is the senior-most Supreme Court justice.
Justice Chandrachud was a member of various Constitutional benches and participated in important rulings by the Supreme Court, such as those concerning the Ayodhya land dispute, the right to privacy, and adultery.
He would assume leadership, incidentally, on the day the Supreme Court rendered its landmark decision in the Ayodhya case.On May 13, 2016, Justice Chandrachud was promoted to the highest court; he will serve as CJI for two years before retiring on November 10, 2024.
Judges of the Supreme Court leave the bench at age 65.He is the son of Y V Chandrachud, the Chief Justice of India who served the country for the longest, from February 22, 1978, to July 11, 1985.
Prior to this, Kiren Rijiju, the law minister, wrote to CJI Lalit, who will retire on November 8, to suggest a replacement.All of the judges of the supreme court were asked to gather at the judges’ lounge at 10.15am, per CJI Lalit’s request in his response to Rijiju, in which he suggested Justice Chandrachud’s name.
He then gave Justice Chandrachud, who has also been instrumental in the judiciary’s digitization, the letter naming the position.