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Justice Uday Umesh Lalit takes oath as 49th Chief Justice of India

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Justice Uday Umesh Lalit took oath as the 49th Chief Justice of India. Newly elected President of India Smt Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union ministers were present at the ceremony. Justice Lalit’s predecessor, Justice NV Ramana, was also present at the oath-taking ceremony.

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About the Uday Umesh Lalit:

Uday Umesh Lalit (born 9 November 1957) is the 49th and current Chief Justice of India. Previously, he has served as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India. Prior to his elevation as a judge, he practised as a senior counsel at the Supreme Court. Justice Lalit is one of the six senior counsels who have been directly elevated to the Supreme Court. He will retire on 8 November 2022 after assuming the office of Chief Justice of India for a period of seventy-four days as the 49th chief justice.

Education and Career: Uday Umesh Lalit

Uday Umesh Lalit is a law graduate from Government Law College, Mumbai. He enrolled with Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa as an advocate in June 1983. He started his practice with advocate M.A. Rane, who was considered as a proponent of the radical humanist school of thought who believed that social work was as important as building a solid legal practice. On 3 May 1992, Lalit qualified and was registered as an Advocate-on-Record at the Supreme Court. On 29 April 2004, Lalit was designated as a senior advocate of the Supreme Court.

In 2011, a Supreme Court bench of Justices G. S. Singhvi and Asok Kumar Ganguly appointed Lalit as the special public prosecutor for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the 2G spectrum cases, stating that “in the interest of a fair prosecution of the case, the appointment of UU Lalit is eminently suitable”. His professional strengths are described as ‘thoroughness with the case, patience in explaining legal questions and a sober demeanour in presenting the case before the bench.

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