Justice DY Chandrachud Appointed As The Next Chief Justice Of India

New Delhi: The President of India on Monday, appointed Justice Dhananjay Y Chandrachud as the Chief Justice of India with effect from November 9, 2022. Justice Chandrachud will serve as the 50th CJI after the retirement of the current CJI UU Lalit on November 8, 2022.

Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister for Law and Justice congratulated Justice Chandrachud on his appointment as the next CJI in a tweet saying, “Extending my best wishes to Justice DY Chandrachud for the formal oath taking ceremony on 9th Nov.”

Justice Chandrachud will take oath on the 9th of November, a day after CJI UU Lalit’s retirement.

Justice Chandrachud will serve as the Chief Justice of India until November 10, 2024, one of the longest periods for a CJI in recent memory.

Remarkably, the five-judge panel that rendered a decision in the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid dispute had Justice Chandrachud as a member.

Justice Chandrachud is renowned for his liberal and progressive rulings, the most recent of which upheld unmarried women’s right to an abortion up to 24 weeks in gestation. He was a member of the Constitution Benches that oversaw the decriminalisation of consenting homosexuality and the recognition of the right to privacy under Article 21. He was also a member of the bench that supported women of all ages having the freedom to join the Sabarimala shrine.

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