Today, Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud was sworn in as India’s 50th Chief Justice. President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office to him during a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Justice Chandrachud will lead the Supreme Court for two years, until November 10, 2024. He succeeds Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, who held the position for only 74 days.
On May 13, 2016, Justice Chandrachud was appointed to the Supreme Court. He has served on several Constitutional benches and delivered landmark decisions, including the Ayodhya land dispute and the right to privacy. He was also a member of the benches that rendered pivotal decisions on decriminalising same-sex relationships by partially overturning Section 377 of the IPC, the validity of the Aadhaar scheme, and the Sabarimala issue.
Justice Chandrachud is the son of the late Justice YV Chandrachud, India’s longest-serving Chief Justice, who held the position for seven years. Justice Chandrachud graduated from St Stephen’s College with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He later earned an LLB from Delhi University, as well as an LLM and a doctorate from Harvard Law School in the United States. Previously, Justice Chandrachud served as a judge in the Bombay High Court and as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court.
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