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Chief Justice of India: Justice UU Lalit takes oath as 49th CJI

Oath Ceremony Of New CJI: Justice Uday Umesh Lalit was today sworn in as the 49th Chief Justice of the country. He will lead the Supreme Court for two months, two weeks i.e. a total of 75 days. President Draupadi Murmu administered the oath of office to Justice Uday Umesh Lalit as the Chief Justice of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.

Lalit’s family from Maharashtra has a legacy of 102 years in law. Justice UU Lalit’s grandfather Ranganath Lalit was a lawyer in Solapur long before India’s independence. When Justice UU Lalit was sworn in as CJI on Saturday, three generations were present at this time.

Justice UU Lalit will work on three areas during his 74-day tenure as the head of the judiciary. He said that they would work hard to ensure that at least one Constitution Bench in the Supreme Court functions throughout the year.

Justice Lalit, who became the 49th CJI on Saturday, said there are two other areas – listing of matters for hearing in the apex court and mentioning urgent matters.

Justice Lalit said that one of the areas in which he wants to work is the list of cases before Constitution Benches and in particular matters referred to three-judge Benches.

On the issue of listing of cases, he said, he will definitely look into the matter of mentioning urgent matters.

Specialist in Criminal Law

Justice Uday Umesh Lalit is a specialist in Criminal Law. He was directly elevated as a Supreme Court Judge from the Bar on 13 August 2014. He was then appointed as the Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) in May 2021. He has participated in trials as Public Prosecutor of CBI in all 2G cases under the orders of Supreme Court. He has also served as a member of the Legal Services Committee of the Supreme Court for two terms.

Glittering career

Justice UU Lalit hails from Maharashtra. He had joined the Bar in June 1983 and started practicing in the apex court from 1986. He served as the former Attorney General from 1986 to 1992, Soli J. Worked with Sorabji. Born on November 9, 1957, Justice Lalit was enrolled as an advocate in June 1983.

He practiced in the Bombay High Court till December 1985. From January 1986, he started practicing in Delhi. In April 2004 he became a member of the Legal Services Committee of the Supreme Court and was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of India on 13 August 2014.

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