Justice Uday Umesh Lalit will be the 49th CJI of India. Recently, the then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court NV Ramana recommended the name of Justice Uday Umesh Lalit as his successor. After taking oath, Justice Lalit will be the 49th Chief Justice of India. NV Ramana is retiring from his post on 26 August.
Justice Uday Umesh Lalit will take oath as the 49th CJI of the country on August 27. However, his tenure will be only 74 days. As CJI, Justice Lalit will head the collegium, which will include Justice Chandrachud, Justice Kaul, Justice Nazir and Justice Indira Banerjee.
Talking about UU Lalit, he distanced himself from the Ayodhya case on 10 January 2019. The hearing of this Ayodhya case was being done by a five-judge bench, which also included UU Lalit. He had argued for separation and that about 20 years ago he had been the lawyer of former UP CM Kalyan Singh in a criminal case related to the Ayodhya dispute. Therefore, he cannot continue as a judge in this case.
On August 4, Justice Ramana had expedited the process of appointing his successor by recommending the name of the senior-most judge Justice Lalit to the Centre. The CJI personally submitted a copy of his recommendation letter to Justice Lalit. Lalit was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court on 13 August 2014. Justice Ramana, the 48th Chief Justice of India, who took over as the head of the Indian judiciary from SA Bobde on April 24, 2021, will step down on August 26 after a tenure of more than 16 months.