CJI UU Lalit recommends Justice DY Chandrachud as his successor, know details
On Tuesday, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Uday Umesh Lalit recommended Justice Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud as his successor and handed over the letter. With the recommendation, Justice DY Chandrachud will become India's 50th Chief Justice.
CJI Lalit made the official announcement after summoning all judges to the Judges' Lounge today. Justice Lalit, who was sworn in as India's 49th Chief Justice on August 27, 2022, will retire on November 8.
The news comes after Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju wrote to Justice UU Lalit to nominate his successor, who will take over on November 9, 2022.
Previously, the bid to fill the remaining four Supreme Court vacancies remained unfinished, as the CJI-led five-member collegium "discharged" the agenda due to objections from senior-most judge Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice S A Nazeer on seeking written consent to the proposal for the appointment.
The top court currently has 29 judges, three of whom are women, compared to the sanctioned strength of 34.
Outgoing CJIs, according to tradition, delegate the issue of appointing judges through collegium deliberations to their successor the day their remaining tenure in office approaches a month.
In an unprecedented move, the Supreme Court Collegium publicly revealed the names of the two judges on the panel who objected to the "circulation" method used to solicit opinions from its members on the appointment of judges to the apex court.