Justice Uday Umesh Lalit was on Saturday sworn in as the 49th Chief Justice of India (CJI) at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. The oath of office was administered to Justice UU Lalit by President Droupadi Murmu in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, among others.
Succeeding Justice NV Ramana, who retired on August 26, Justice UU Lalit will serve as the CJI for 74 days only. He is due to retire on November 8, 2022 at the age of 65.
"Justice U.U.Lalit sworn-in as the 49th #ChiefJusticeofIndia at Rashtrapati Bhawan, #NewDelhi by Hon'ble #President Smt. Droupadi Murmu ji. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri @narendramodi ji, Hon’ble Minister of Law & Justice Shri @kirenrijiju ji among others graced the event," the Union Law and Justice Ministry tweeted.
Justice Lalit was appointed as the 49th Chief Justice of India on the recommendation of former CJI NV Ramana.
Justice Lalit was designated ad senior advocate by the Supreme Court in April 2004. He is the second CJI to be elevated directly to the Supreme Court, after Justice S M Sikri, the 13th Chief Justice of India.