Chief Justice of India UU Lalit has recommended the name of Justice DY Chandrachud as his successor at the top role to the Indian government on Tuesday, October 11. The CJI is nearing the end of his tenure of 74 days, which will conclude on November 8.

According to reports, CJI Lalit has also sent the copy of his letter of recommendation to Justice Chandrachud, who is likely to be the next Chief Justice of India. The move comes after the centre sent a letter of the CJI on October 7, urging him to name his successor.

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Justice Chandrachud is set to become the 50th Chief Justice of India on November 9, following the end of CJI Lalit’s tenure. While the incumbent CJI had a relatively small tenure of only 74 days, Justice Chandrachud would have a longer tenure of two years, who is set to retire on November 10, 2024.

Justice UU Lalit was sworn in as the 49th Chief Justice of India on August 27, 2022, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. He replaced Justice NV Ramana in the top role after being appointed by the President of India, Droupadi Murmu, on August 10, 2022.

President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath at the swearing-in ceremony of CJI UU Lalit, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and Union minister were also present in the ceremony.

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Similar to incumbent CJI Uday Umesh Lalit, Justice DY Chandrachud has been part of several landmark judgements in his long career such as the Sabarimala Temple case, Bhima-Koregaon case and Hadiya case.

Justice Chandrachud was a judge at the Bombay High Court from March 29, 2000, before he became the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court on October 31, 2013. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of India on May 13, 2016, where he went on to become a part of the Collegium in April 2021. Justice DY Chandrachud is also the executive chairman of the National Legal Services Authority.