- Succeeding the CJI UU Lalit, Justice DY Chandrachud administered oath as the 50th Chief Justice of India. He was administered the oath by President Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- The oath-taking ceremony was held under the presence of eminent dignitaries including Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, etc.
- He was preceded by former CJI, UU Lalit, who served a short tenure of 74 days. CJI DY Chandrachud will serve till 10 November, 2024. The retirement age of Supreme Court judges is 65 years.
- First time in history, father and son have become CJI
- CJI Chandrachud comes from a family background of lawyers and judges. His father, YV Chandrachud, served as the 16th Chief Justice of India from 2 February 1978 to 11 July 1985.
- Born on 11 November 1959, Dr Justice Dhananjaya Yashwant Chandrachud was appointed as the Supreme Court judge on 13 May 2016.
- Before that, he had served as the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court from 31 October 2013 until his appointment to the Supreme Court.
- Before joining the Allahabad High Court, has also served as the judge of the Bombay High Court from 29 March 2000.
- He was the Additional Solicitor General of India from 1998 to 2000. He took the position of a senior advocate in the Bombay High Court in 1998.
- CJI DY Chandrachud is considered a progressive and liberal judge of the country. His appointment as the next CJI is seen as a major event by many liberals.
- He is known to be highly sensitive to the fundamental rights of citizens. His stern stance against the abusers is not hidden from anyone.
- Article 124: The Constitution of India does not mention any procedure for appointing the CJI. Article 124 (1) of the Constitution merely says, “there shall be a Supreme Court of India consisting of a Chief Justice of India.”
- Clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution says that every Judge of the Supreme Court shall be appointed by the President. Thus, in the absence of a constitutional provision, the procedure to appoint CJI relies on convention.
- The outgoing CJI recommends his successor – a practice, which is strictly based on seniority. The Union Law Minister forwards the recommendation to the Prime Minister who, in turn, advises the President.
- Thus, after a CJI retires at the age of 65, the senior most judge in the Supreme Court becomes the CJI. Seniority, however, is not defined by age, but by the number of years a judge has been serving in the top court of the country.
- In cases where the two judges have the same seniority, other factors, like who among the two has more years of experience in the High Court or whether any of them was nominated from the bar directly, or who took the oath first, come into play.
50th Chief Justice of India - D.Y. Chandrachud is sworn in as the 50th Chief Justice of India
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