Justice DY Chandrachud was sworn in as the Chief Justice of India (CJI) on Wednesday, November 9. Indian President Draupadi Murmu swore in India’s 50th Chief Justice. Justice Chandrachud’s appointment as the CJI came on October 7 after outgoing Chief Justice UU Lalit named him as the successor. 

Justice Chandrachud will have a term of two years. His tenure has the Chief Justice of India will end on November 10, 2024. 

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Who is Justice DY Chandrachud?

Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud is a judge in the Supreme Court of India who has previously served as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court and is a former judge of the Bombay High Court. He is the son of India’s longest-serving Chief Justice, Y.V. Chandrachud. 

Chandrachud was born on November 11, 1959 in Mumbai. He attended the Cathedral and John Connon School in the city as well as St. Columbia’s School in Delhi. Chandrachud attended St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, graduating with honors in economics and mathematics in 1979. Shortly after, he obtained a Bachelor’s of Laws degree from the Faculty of Law at the University of Delhi in 1982. He then attended Harvard to complete his Doctorate of Judicial Science after receiving a scholarship. 

The now 62-year-old lawyer finished his doctorate in 1986 and went to work at Sullivan and Cromwell before returning to India. Once he was back in the country, he worked as a Senior Advocate in the Bombay High Court. In 1998, he was made the Additional Solicitor General of India, until he was appointed a judge in the Bombay High Court in 2000. Between 2013 and 2016, he was the Chief Justice of the Allahabad Court. 

Chandrachud was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2016. Eventually in 2021, he was made a part of the Collegium of the Supreme Court of India.