Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud takes the oath of office.

Chief Justice of India

On Wednesday, Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud took the oath necessary to become the 50th Chief Justice of India. He replaced Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, who served for 74 days in office.

CJI Chandrachud continues the legacy of his father, the late YV Chandrachud, who served as India’s longest-serving Chief Justice of India and was a member of the benches that handed down important decisions in the Ayodhya land dispute, Section 377, and right to privacy.

Several details about India’s new Chief Justice are as follows:-

Chandrachud was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2016, following his tenure as chief justice of the Allahabad high court, which began on October 31, 2013. In addition, he presided over the Bombay High Court.

Prior to being appointed a judge, he worked as India’s additional solicitor general from 1998 till the present.

His father served as Chief Justice for the greatest period of time (until recently): from February 22, 1978, to July 11, 1985.

After earning his LLB from Delhi University’s Campus Law Centre and his BA with honours in economics from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, Justice Chandrachud went on to get his SJD and LLM from Harvard Law School in the US.

Justice Chandrachud has two daughters and is married.

He has taught comparative constitutional law as a visiting lecturer at the University of Mumbai.

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