On October 11, 2022, CJI Uday Umesh Lalit recommended the name of the senior-most supreme court judge, Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, as the next Chief Justice of India, to the center. After the retirement of CJI Uday Umesh Lalit, DY Chandrachud was appointed as the 50th Chief Justice of India.
During CJI Chandrachud’s Supreme Court service, he has been on the highest number of constitution benches (five judges or more) constituted to hear matters on constitutional questions. During his tenure at the Supreme Court, he has delivered judgments on Indian constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, human rights, gender justice, public interest litigation, commercial law, and criminal law.
He has been an active part of benches that delivered landmark judgments such as the Ram Janmabhoomi verdict, the Privacy verdict, the decriminalization of homosexuality, and the Sabarimala case.
Who is Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud?
CJI Chandrachud was born on 11 November 1959 in Pune, Maharashtra to Yeshwant Vishnu Chandrachud and Prabha Chandrachud. He comes from a notable and prestigious family background, his father, Y.V. Chandrachud, was the 16th Chief Justice of India.
CJI Chandrachud has been awarded Legal Profession Award for Global Leadership by Harward University. He is also the Chairperson of the e-Committee of the Supreme Court of India. The e-Committee is the body tasked with the implementation of the e-Courts Project in India which aims to digitize the judiciary at the level of High Courts and District Courts.
CJI Chandrachud on Article 370
A five-judge constitution bench which is headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud is conducting day-to-day hearings for the petitioners of abrogation of Article 370. Several petitioners are challenging the abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019.
The abrogation of Article 370 has split the erstwhile state into two union territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh- which were referred to a Constitution bench in 2019.
CJI Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud Family
CJI DY Chandrachud comes from a prestigious family, his father, Y.V. Chandrachud, was the 16th Chief Justice of India and his mother Prabha Chandrachud was a singer for All India Radio. He is married to Kalpana Das who is a lawyer by profession and has worked with British Council in the past.
DY Chandrachud’s first wife Rashmi Chandrachud died in 2007 due to cancer and later he married Kalpana Das. CJI DY Chandrachud has four children, two sons and two adopted daughters, his sons Abhinav Chandrachud and Chintan Chandrachud both are advocates and two adopted are differently abled.
CJI Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud Education
CJI Chandrachud did most of his schooling at Mumbai’s Cathedral and John Connon School and St. Columbia’s School in Delhi. After that in the year 1979, he graduated with honors in economics and mathematics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.
Then in 1982, he obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Faculty of Law at the University of Delhi. Afterward, he went to the prestigious Harward University to pursue his LLM and he graduated from Harward University in 1982.
During his time in Harward, he studied on the prestigious Inlaks Scholarship which is offered to Indian students who want to pursue graduate education abroad. In 1986, he completed his Doctorate of Juridical Science from Harward itself.
CJI Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud Career
After graduating from Harward Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud worked in a law firm named Sullivan and Cromwell. After that, he returned to India, and he practiced law at the Supreme Court of India and the Bombay High Court of India.
It was the year 1998 when he was appointed as a senior advocate by the Bombay High Court of India and at that time he was just 38 years old. Later he was appointed as an Additional Solicitor General of India and he held that position until his promotion as a Judge of the Bombay High Court.
He served as a permanent judge of the Bombay High Court until 2013 and in October 2013 he was appointed as the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court. In 2016 he was appointed as the Sitting Judge of the Supreme Court of India and he held the position till November 2022 then he was appointed as the 50th Chief Justice of India.
Now CJI Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud will serve as the Chief Justice until 10th Nov 2024.
Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud Achievements
Justice Chandrachud has been part of several constitutional benches and landmark verdicts of the top court, including on matters related to the Ayodhya land dispute, the right to privacy, and adultery.
He was also a part of the benches which delivered path-breaking judgments on decriminalizing same-sex relations after it partially struck down Section 377 of the IPC, the Sabarimala issue, and the validity of the Aadhaar Scheme.
FAQs related to CJI DY Chandrachud
Ans. CJI DY Chandrachud is 63 years old.
Ans. CJI DY Chandrachud will retire as Chief Justice of India on 10th Nov 2024.
Ans. CJI Chandrachud is married to Kalpana Das and prior he was married to Rashmi Chandrachud who died in 2007 due to cancer.
Ans. CJI Chandrachud’s wife is a lawyer.
Ans. CJI Chandrachud’s first wife was Rashmi Chandrachud and she lost her life to Cancer in 2007.