Who is Dhananyaja Y Chandrachud? New Chief Justice of India

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CJI UU Lalit Recommend Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud for next CJI

CJI Uday Umesh Lalit on Tuesday, October 11, recommended the name of the senior-most supreme court judge, Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, as the next Chief Justice of India, to the centre.

CJI UU Lalit took charge of the 49th Chief of India on August 27, 2022, by succeeding N.V. Ramana. He will retire on November 8, after serving a short tenure of 74 days. DY Chandrachud appointed as the CJI, will take the oath on 9th of Nov.

On October 7, Minister of Law & Justice, Kiren Rijiju had sent a letter to CJI Lalit to recommend his successor and he wrote back to Rijiju recommending the name of Justice Chandrachud.  Setting in motion the process of the appointment of the next CJI, the incumbent CJI handed over a copy of his letter of recommendation to Justice Chandrachud.

About Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud

Justice Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud is the son of Yeshwant Vishnu Chandrachud, the 16th Chief Justice of India, who served from Feb 22, 1978 to July 11, 1985. He was the longest serving Chief Justice of India’s history, who served for almost seven and a half years.

Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud served as the former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court and a former judge of Bombay High Court. He is currently serving as the executive chairman of the National Legal Services authority.

He is a law graduate from Delhi University, who went on to obtain his LL.M degree and a Doctor of Juridical Science from Harvard Law School. He practiced law at the apex court and the Bombay High Court in June 1988.

He also served as the judge of the Bombay High Court on March 29, 2022 and the Director of the Maharashtra Judicial Academy.

Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud Achievements

Justice Chandrachud has been part of several constitution benches and landmark verdicts of the top court, including on matters related to the Ayodhya land dispute, right to privacy and adultery.

He was also a part of the benches which delivered path-breaking judgements on decriminalising same-sex relations after it partially struck down Section 377 of IPC, the Sabrimala issue and the validity of the Aadhaar Scheme.

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