GS Paper - 2 (Polity)

President Droupadi Murmu on 10 August 2022 appointed Justice U U Lalit as the 49th Chief Justice of India with effect from 27 August 2022. Incumbent Chief Justice of India N V Ramana will demit office on 26 August 2022 on superannuation.



  1. In exercise of the power conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President has appointed Justice Lalit, judge of the Supreme Court as the Chief Justice of India.
  2. Justice Lalit, who was elevated to the top court directly from the Bar on 13 August 2014, would be having a short tenure of less than three months as the CJI since he would retire on 8 November at the age of 65.
  3. He will be the second CJI, after late Justice S M Sikri, who was appointed directly from the Bar to the Supreme Court as a judge.
  4. Late Justice Sikri was the 13th Chief Justice of India from January 1971 to April 1973.
  5. Justice Lalit was born on 9 November 1957, in Solapur, Maharashtra. He enrolled as an advocate by the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa in June 1983.
  6. He practised in the High Court of Bombay till December 1985 before shifting his practice to Delhi in January 1986.
  7. He was also appointed amicus curiae in many important issues, including forest matters, vehicular pollution, and pollution of Yamuna etc.
  8. He was appointed as a special public prosecutor for CBI under the orders of the Supreme Court to conduct trial in all 2G matters.