President Murmu appoints Justice DY Chandrachud as Chief Justice of India, to be sworn in on Nov 9 – ET Government

Justice Chandrachud will become the 50th CJI when he assumes the office on November 9.

In a final procedural go ahead, the Union government has notified the appointment of Supreme Court Justice, Dhananjaya Yashwant Chandrachud, as the next Chief Justice of India, with effect from November 9, 2022. Justice Chandrachud would be sworn in by President Droupadi Murmu as CJI on November 9.

“In exercise of the power conferred by the Constitution of India, Hon’ble President appoints Dr. Justice DY Chandrachud, Judge, Supreme Court as the Chief Justice of India with effect from 9th November, 22,” Union law minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted.

“Extending my best wishes to Justice DY Chandrachud for the formal oath taking ceremony on 9th Nov,” Union law minister Kiren Rijiju said in another tweet.

In a statement, the Union government said, “In exercise of the power conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Dr Justice Dhananjaya Yashwant Chandrachud, Judge of the Supreme Court, as the Chief Justice of India, with effect from 09th November 2022.”

Earlier on October 11, the present Chief Justice of India UU Lalit recommended Justice DY Chandrachud’s name as his successor to the Centre in accordance with the convention. Justice Chandrachud will become the 50th CJI and will assume the office on November 9. His tenure is likely to continue till November 10, 2024.

Previously the Union ministry of law recently initiated the process for the appointment of the next CJI, asking the outgoing CJI to recommend his successor. Justice Lalit had succeeded Justice NV Ramana, who retired on August 26. CJI Lalit has a brief tenure of 74 days as the head of India’s judiciary and would demit office on 8 November.

According to the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP), which governs the process of appointment of judges in the higher judiciary, the outgoing CJI initiates the process of naming the successor after getting a communication from the Law ministry.

The MoP clearly defines that the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court is considered fit to hold the office of the CJI and the views of the outgoing head of the judiciary have to be sought at the appropriate time.

The MoP, however, does not specify the time limit for the initiation of the process of recommending the name of the successor CJI. At present Justice Chandrachud is the second most senior judge of the Supreme Court.

Justice Chandrachud, who was elevated to the top court on May 13, 2016, will have a tenure of two years as the CJI and is due to retire on November 10, 2024. Supreme Court judges retire at the age of 65. Justice Chandrachud is the son of the longest serving CJI YV Chandrachud who was the head of the judiciary from February 22, 1978 to July 11, 1985.

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