Justice U.U. Lalit on Tuesday suggested Justice Dhananjaya Yashwant Chandrachud, who is the second-oldest member of the Supreme Court as his successor. The letter was given to Justice Chandrachud by CJI Lalit during a gathering of SC judges in the judge’s lounge of the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning.
Once his appointment has been approved by the executive, Justice Chandrachud will become India’s 50th Chief Justice.
In accordance with the convention, the national government wrote to Chief Justice of India Uday Umesh Lalit on October 7 to suggest a successor.
The Ministry of Law and Justice issued a tweet stating, “In accordance with the MoP on the appointment of Chief Justice of India and Supreme Court Judges, the Hon’ble Minister of Law sent a letter to the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India for sending his recommendations for the appointment of his successor.”
After the Chief Justice of India, Justice D Y Chandrachud is the senior-most judge. According to custom and tradition, Justice Chandrachud will be sworn in as the 50th Chief Justice of India on November 9 and will serve for two years until November 10, 2024, while CJI Lalit will only be in office for less than three months.
Prior to being sworn in as Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court in 2013, Justice D Y Chandrachud held the position of Additional Solicitor General of India. He was promoted to judge status on the supreme court in 2016.