President Droupadi Murmu will judge D.Y. Chandrachud as India’s 50th Chief Justice (CJI), Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Oct. 17.
Judge Chandrachud will take his oath on November 9, the day after his incumbent CJI Judge Uday Umesh Lalit resigned at the age of 65.
Judge Lalit’s tenure is short at 74 days, while Judge Chandrachud will serve as CJI for two years. He will step down effective November 10, 2024.
Judge Chandrachud was appointed to the Supreme Court on May 13, 2016, and is currently the longest-serving Judge of the Supreme Court after Judge Lalit. Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Chandrachud served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Allahabad from 31 October 2013. From March 2000 until October 2013 he was also a judge of the Bombay Supreme Court.
Seeing dissent as the “safety valve” of democracy, Judge Chandrachud was known for his deep judgment, and his dissent not only hurt the consciences of those in power but sometimes led to major verdicts. His notable Supreme Court rulings include recognizing the right to privacy as a fundamental right, decriminalizing Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, and allowing women to enter the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. It includes judgments such as can.