President of India, Droupadi Murmu administered Justice UU Lalit the oath at the ceremony on Saturday, which was held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Apart from the President, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union ministers along with Justice NV Ramana were also present at the ceremony.
The ceremony was also attended by three generations of the Lalit family. CJI UU Lalit’s father Umesh Ranganath Lalit, who was a Bombay High Court judge and an advocate, was joined by the CJI’s wife, Amrita Lalit and his two sons, Harshad and Shreeyash, at the ceremony.
Watch the swearing-in ceremony here:
The 49th Chief Justice of India UU Lalit’s tenure is set for 74 days. He was appointed to the role by President Droupadi Murmu on August 10, 2022.
CJI UU Lalit has been part of landmark judgments during his career. He was part of the triple talaq, the Travancore royal family’s right to administer the Padmanabhaswamy Temple and the Vijay Mallya contempt cases.
He is also the sixth senior counsel in the history of the Indian judiciary to be elevated directly to the Supreme Court. His family also has been practising law for more than a century, since Ranganath Lalit, the CJI’s grandfather, who was a lawyer in Maharashtra’s Solapur during the British rule, before India’s independence.
The new CJI has already outlined areas where he intends to work during his tenure. CJI UU Lalit has also outlined reforms in the judiciary, as he is set to call a “full court” for the first time in the last five years soon. The full court will be used for a dialogue with other judges on issues that have been affecting delivering justice at the Supreme Court and how to move forward.