On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice DY Chandrachud was sworn in as India's 50th Chief Justice. President Droupadi Murmu delivered the Chief Justice of India's oath of office at Rashtrapati Bhavan. With the oath taken, Chandrachud became the 50th Chief Justice of India, succeeding Justice UU Lalit, who proposed Chandrachud's name. Justice Chandrachud's term will end on November 10, 2024. Justice Chandrachud is the Supreme Court's second most senior justice.
Justice Chandrachud, born on November 11, 1959, was appointed to the Supreme Court on May 13, 2016. His father, Justice YV Chandrachud, was the 16th Chief Justice of India, serving from February 2, 1978, until July 11, 1985. From October 31, 2013, till his elevation to the Supreme Court, Justice Chandrachud was the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court. From March 29, 2000, till his appointment as Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, he was a judge of the Bombay High Court.
Justice Chandrachud was also the Additional Solicitor General of India from 1998 until his appointment as a judge in the Bombay High Court. In June 1998, the Bombay High Court appointed him as a senior lawyer.
On Monday, Justice Chandrachud stated that he is stepping into extremely large shoes and that he wishes to continue the good work begun by UU Lalit. "As your successor, I am aware that I have extremely large shoes to fill because you have really upped the bar for the chief justice," Justice Chandrachud said at the Supreme Court Bar Association's goodbye celebration for UU Lalit.
Justice Chandrachud, on the other side, issued major decisions like as decriminalising Section 377, as well as rulings on Aadhaar, Sabarimala, and other issues. Recently, a bench led by Justice Chandrachud approved Medical Termination of Pregnancy for unmarried women.