The Union Law Ministry today asked the incumbent Chief Justice of India (CJI) Uday Umesh Lalit to name his successor.
As per the rules, statute and convention, Justice Dr Dhananjaya Yashwant Chandrachud has to be recommended by the present CJI Lalit, to the post of the head of the Supreme Court, in order of seniority.
Justice Dr Chandrachud is the second senior most judge of the Supreme Court, after CJI Lalit. As per tradition, the CJI has to recommend the name of his successor to the Law Ministry and the second senior most judge of the Supreme Court is recommended for the post of the CJI.
The present CJI Lalit retires on November 8 and Justice Dr Chandrachud, the next senior most Supreme Court Judge, will take oath as the 50th CJI on November 9.
The Union Law Ministry has written the letter to the CJI Lalit requesting him to recommend his successor. Justice Lalit is the 49th CJI at present.
As per the MoP (Memorandum of Procedure) on the appointment of Chief Justice of India and Supreme Court Judges, today the Minister of Law and Justice sent a letter to the Chief Justice of India for sending his recommendations for the appointment of his successor.
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