CJI N V Ramana recommended Justice Uday Umesh Lalit’s name for the post of CJI to the Union government, less than 12 hours after the law minister sought the customary recommendation from the incumbent CJI on his successor.
CJI Ramana, who retires on August 26, dispatched the recommendation letter to law minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday morning and then invited Justice Lalit to his chamber to hand him over a copy of the letter. Justice Lalit, who would be sworn in by the President as CJI on August 27, would have a 74-day tenure and retire on November 8. Born on November 9, 1957, he had enrolled as an advocate in June 1983. After practising for two years in the Bombay HC, he shifted to Delhi in January 1986 and was designated as a senior advocate by the SC in 2004.
Son of former HC judge U R Lalit, he was a preferred amicus curiae by benches of the SC. The SC bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi had appointed Lalit as the special public prosecutor in the 2G spectrum sale scam cases.
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