Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Judge of the Supreme Court has been appointed as the Chief Justice of India. He will take over as the 49th Chief Justice of India on August 27.
According to the Ministry of Law and Justice, the appointment has been made by the President Draupadi Murmu, in exercise of the power conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India,
Justice Uday Umesh Lalit was appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court of India on August 2014 from the Bar. Justice Lalit will become the second Chief Justice of India to be directly elevated to the Supreme Court from the Bar, after Justice S.M. Sikri, who served as the 13th CJI in 1971. Justice Lalit has served as a Member of Supreme Court Legal Services Committee for two terms.
Justice U.U. Lalit is credited with several landmark judgments.
Born on November 9, 1957 at Solapur, Maharashtra, he was enrolled as an Advocate by the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa in June, 1983. He practiced in the High Court of Bombay till December, 1985 before moving to to Delhi in January, 1986.
He worked in the chambers of Soli J. Sorabjee from October 1986 till 1992 and was on the panel of lawyers for Union of India when Shri Soli J. Sorabjee was Attomey General for India. From 1992 till 2002, he practiced as Advocate on Record and was designated as Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in April 2004. He was also appointed Amicus Curiae in many important issues, including Forest matters, Vehicular Pollution, Pollution of Yamuna etc. He was appointed as Special Public Prosecutor for CBI under the orders of the Supreme Court to conduct trial in all 2G matters.