Chandrachud takes oath as Chief Justice of India

Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud was sworn in as the 50th Chief Justice of India today. He was administered the oath of office by President Droupadi Murmu at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Justice Chandrachud will serve as the head of the Supreme Court for two years — till November 10, 2024. He succeeds Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, who was at the top post for a short tenure of 74 days.

Justice Chandrachud was elevated as a Supreme Court judge on May 13, 2016. He has been part of several Constitution benches and landmark verdicts, including in the Ayodhya land dispute and the right to privacy.

He was also part of the benches that delivered crucial judgments on decriminalising same-sex relations by partially striking down Section 377 of the IPC, the validity of Aadhaar scheme and the Sabarimala issue.