New Delhi : President Draupadi Murmu on Wednesday appointed Justice U.U. Lalit as the next Chief Justice of India with effect from August 27. A statement from the Ministry of Law and Justice said:
In exercise of the power conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President has appointed Justice Uday Umesh Lalit of the Supreme Court as the Chief Justice of India. Lalit will take over as the 49th Chief Justice of India on 27 August 2022. The current Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana will retire on August 26.
Justice Lalit was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court in August 2014. He became a judge directly from the bar. Justice S.M. Lalit is the second such Chief Justice after Sikri became the 13th Chief Justice from the Bar in 1971. Justice Lalit was born on 9 November 1957 in Solapur, Maharashtra. He started practicing law in June 1983 from the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa. He practiced in the Bombay High Court till December 1985, before moving to Delhi in 1986.
Justice Lalit served as Soli J.J. from October 1986 to 1992. Worked with Sorabji and was on the panel of lawyers of India during the period when Sorabji was the Attorney General of India. From 1992 to 2002, he practiced as Advocate-on-Record and was designated as Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in April 2004. He was appointed as amicus curiae on many important issues including forest matters, vehicular pollution, pollution of Yamuna etc. He was appointed as the Special Public Prosecutor for the CBI under the orders of the Supreme Court to try 2G cases.