INDIA: Justice Dhananjay Yashwant Chandrachud also known as DY Chandrachud takes oath as the 50th Chief Justice of India in front of President Droupadi Murmu at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday.
CJI UU Lalit after the successful completion of his tenure recommended Justice Chandrachud as his successor. Supreme Court judges and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman have also made their presence during the oath-taking ceremony.
“Serving the public is my goal,” Chandrachud said at the occasion, promising reforms in the registry and judicial systems. He also added, ”My effort, rather than words, will speak.” Justice DY Chandrachud’s term will last more than two years, ending on November 10, 2024.
CJI UU Lalit, Justice Chandrachud’s predecessor, got his farewell a day earlier. On the occasion, Chandrachud stated, “Personally, as your successor, I am cognizant that I have extremely big-size shoes to fill since you have increased the bar for the Chief Justice.”
The present Chief Justice of India is the son of YV Chandrachud, who is the longest-serving CJI in India’s history. DY Chandrachud holds a B.A. with Honors in Economics from St. Stephen’s College in New Delhi. He also holds an LLB from Delhi University’s Campus Law Centre, and an LLM and S.J.D. from Harvard Law School in the United States.
He has practiced law at the Supreme Court and the Bombay High Court, also a guest faculty professor of comparative Constitutional law at the University of Mumbai.
Justice DY Chandrachud previously served as a Supreme Court judge on May 13, 2016. He has also been part of several Constitutional benches and given many revolutionary verdicts, including in the Ayodhya land dispute and the right to privacy.
Apart from this, he was also involved in passing judgments on decriminalising same-sex relations, banning Section 377 of the IPC, the validity of the Aadhaar scheme, and the Sabarimala issue.
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