Will have a stint of 2 years
New Delhi, Oct. 17: President of India Droupadi Murmu on Monday appointed Justice Dhananjaya Yashwant Chandrachud as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI). He has been a judge at the Supreme Court of India for the past six years, and will remain in the topmost legal post in the country for the next two years.
Justice Chandrachud will assume the top post on November 9, succeeding the present incumbent Justice Uday Umesh Lalit. He will be the 50th CJI of the country.
A Press Communique issued by the federal Ministry of Law and Justice said – “In exercise of the power conferred by the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Justice Dhananjaya Yashwant Chandrachud, Judge of the Supreme Court, as the Chief Justice of India, with effect from November 9.”
Born on Nov. 11, 1959, Justice Chandrachud enrolled himself as an Advocate on July 20, 1982. He joined the Bombay Bar after obtaining a LLM and SJD (Doctor of Juridical Science) from Harvard Law School. A former judge of the Bombay High Court, Justice Chandrachud has also served as the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court. He was elevated to the apex court on May 13, 2016.
Besides, Justice Chandrachud is a guest lecturer at various foreign law schools and universities.
Among the important judgements delivered by him so far was the decriminalisation of homosexuality. He will retire as CJI on Nov. 10, 2024.