Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana, whose tenure ends on August 26, recommended Justice Uday Umesh Lalit as his successor.

CJI NV Ramana recommends Justice UU Lalit as his successor.

Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana, whose tenure ends on August 26, recommended Justice Uday Umesh Lalit as his successor. This comes hours after communication from the Ministry of Law and Justice was received by the CJI to recommend his successor. The CJI personally handed over the copy of his letter of recommendation to Justice Lalit. He also forwarded it to the Ministry of Law and Justice for further consideration. CJI Ramana, who succeeded his predecessor SA Bobde as the 48th Chief Justice of India on April 24, 2021. Bobde is scheduled to leave office on August 26 after a tenure of more than 16 months.

HOW IS THE CJI APPOINTED?

As per the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP), which governs the process of appointment of judges in the higher judiciary. The outgoing CJI initiates the process of naming the successor after getting communication from the Law Ministry. The CJI, as is customary, recommends the most senior Supreme Court justice as his successor. The Law Minister then forwards the CJI’s recommendation to the Prime Minister, who advises the President on such appointments.

However, it was not followed twice: Once when Justice AN Ray was appointed CJI on April 25, 1973; superseding three senior-most judges, and again on January 29, 1977, when Justice MH Beg was appointed CJI, superseding Justice HR Khanna. Justice Lalit, who was born on November 9, 1957, began his legal career in June 1983 and worked in the Bombay High Court until December 1985. He later moved to Delhi. Lalit was appointed as a senior lawyer by the Supreme Court in April 2004. Lalit served as the special public prosecutor for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) before being recommended for appointment as a Supreme Court judge by the Bar. He was appointed as a Supreme Court judge on August 13, 2014.

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