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Justice U.U. Lalit appointed Chief Justice of India

He will take over as 49th CJI on August 27


President Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday appointed Justice Uday Umesh Lalit as the 49th Chief Justice of India. He will take over on August 27, said the Ministry of Law and Justice.

“In exercise of the power conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President has appointed Shri Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Judge of the Supreme Court as the Chief Justice of India,” the ministry said in a statement.

Justice Lalit was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in August 2014. He will be the second CJI to be directly elevated to the top court from the Bar, after Justice S.M. Sikri, who served as the 13 th CJI in 1971.

Justice Lalit was enrolled as an advocate by the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa in June, 1983. He practised in the High Court of Bombay till December, 1985 before moving to Delhi in January, 1986.

He was on the panel of lawyers for the Union of India during the period when Soli J. Sorabjee was the Attorney General. From 1992 till 2002 he practised as Advocate on Record and was designated as a senior advocate by the Supreme Court in April 2004. 

Justice Lalit was also appointed Amicus Curiae in many important issues, including Forest matters, Vehicular Pollution, Pollution of Yamuna etc. He was appointed as Special Public Prosecutor for CBI under the orders of the Supreme Court to conduct trial in all 2G matters.

He has also served as a member of Supreme Court Legal Services Committee for two terms.

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