August 15, 2022
New CJI: Justice UU Lalit will be the next Chief Justice of the country, the current CJI NV Raman recommended

New CJI: The country’s Chief Justice NV Raman has recommended the name of Justice UU Lalit to the government for the next CJI. CJI Raman has sent his recommendation letter to the Law Ministry today. In fact, yesterday i.e. on Wednesday, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju had written a letter to the CJI requesting him to recommend the name of his successor.

Let us tell you that the term of CJI Nootalapati Venkataraman ends on August 26. He took over as the 48th Chief Justice of the country last year i.e. on 24 April 2021. He is retiring after 16 months of contribution in this post. He replaced his predecessor Chief Justice SA Bovde.

Justice UU Lalit will have a brief tenure

Justice Uday Umesh Lalit will take over as the 49th Chief Justice of the country on August 27. His tenure will be only 74 days. Justice Lalit will retire as Chief Justice on November 8. After this, Justice Chandchud will be appointed as the 50th CGI. As CJI, Justice Lalit will head the collegium comprising Justice Chandrachud, Justice Kaul and Justice Indira Banerjee. Justice KM Joseph will enter the collegium after Justice Banerjee retires on September 23.

What is the tradition of recommending a name

As per tradition, about a month before retirement, the Chief Justice sends the name of his successor in a sealed cover to the President through the Ministry of Law. Usually the second senior-most judge is recommended after the CJI. Judges of the Supreme Court take over as the CJI on the basis of seniority. There is no fixed tenure of the Chief Justice. The retirement age of judges in the Supreme Court has been fixed at 65 years under the Constitution.

Let us inform that during the tenure of the current CJI NV Raman, 9 judges took oath simultaneously. Three women judges also took oath together for the first time. With this, the country will get the first woman CJI in the form of Justice BV Nagarathna in future.

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