The most senior judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Dhananjay Y. Chandrachud took oath as Chief Justice (CJI) on Wednesday. President Draupadi Murmu administered the oath as the country’s 50th CJI at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Justice Chandrachud’s father has also been the CJI of the country. His father had a tenure of about seven years and four months as CJI. Which is the longest tenure of a CJI in the history of the Supreme Court.
It is said that, he was the Chief Justice from 22 February 1978 to 11 July 1985. Justice Chandrachud will serve as CJI for two years till November 10, 2024.
Justice Chandrachud replaced Justice Uday Umesh Lalit. who had recommended Justice Chandrachud as his successor on October 11. President Draupadi Murmu appointed him as the next CJI on 17 October.
Justice D.Y. Chandrachud had received praise by hearing continuously for 10 hours
Justice Chandrachud was born on 11 November 1959. He was elevated as a Supreme Court judge on 13 May 2016. He was a judge of the Bombay High Court from 29 March 2000 to 31 October 2013. After that he was appointed as the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court. Justice Chandrachud was designated a senior advocate by the Bombay High Court in June 1998 and was appointed Additional Solicitor General the same year.
After doing BA Honors in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, he did LLB from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi and LLM and Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Harvard Law School, USA.
Justice DY Chandrachud has overturned his father’s decision twice, now he is the new CJI of the country.
Part of many benches giving historical decisions
Justice Chandrachud has been a part of several Constitution Benches and Supreme Court Benches that have delivered landmark judgments. These include the Ayodhya land dispute, decriminalization of same-sex relations under Section 377 of the IPC, cases related to the validity of the Aadhaar scheme, the Sabarimala issue, permanent commission to women officers in the army, permanent commission to women officers in the Indian Navy. Such judgments are included.