UU Lalit takes oath as the 49th Chief Justice of India

Justice Uday Umesh Lalit was sworn in as the 49th Chief Justice of India today, a day after Justice NV Ramana retired from the highest judicial post.

President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office of the Chief Justice of India to Justice Lalit at Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning.

Justice Ramana had recommended Justice Lalit as his successor in keeping with convention and norms of seniority. The President subsequently confirmed Justice Lalit’s appointment as the new Chief Justice of India or CJI.

Justice Lalit will have a brief tenure of 74 days as the head of India’s judiciary and would retire on 8 November.

Yesterday at the farewell function of Justice Ramana, Justice Lalit said that during his tenure of nearly three months he will focus on three key areas and one of his top priorities would be to make the listing of cases simple, clear and as transparent as possible.