New Delhi: Justice DY Chandrachud took charge as the 50th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. President Draupadi Murmu administered the oath at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Chandrachud’s tenure as Chief Justice will be for two years.
Justice DY Chandrachud became the Chief Justice after establishing his personality as a Supreme Court judge. Justice Chandrachud succeeded Justice U U Lalit, who was the Chief Justice for only 74 days. The tenure of Justice DY Chandrachud is from today to 10 November 2024.
Justice DY Chandrachud will become one of the longest-serving Chief Justices in the history of the Supreme Court. Justice Chandrachud’s father YV Chandrachud was the 16th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He and Justice KG Balakrishnan have been sitting as Chief Justices for more than two years before this.
Chandrachud, who was the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, took charge as a Supreme Court judge on 13 May 2016. He has been instrumental in virtualizing court hearings and telecasting the proceedings of the Constitution Bench live. The decision to allow women to enter Sabarimala was by a Constitution Bench comprising Justice DY Chandrachud. Justice Chandrachud was also on the bench that gave the verdict in the Ayodhya case. Justice Chandrachud has also issued a historic judgment granting permanent commissions to women in the army.
The dissenting judgment written in disagreement with the majority judgment in the Aadhaar case was also noteworthy. It was Chandrachud’s bench that ruled that unmarried people also have the right to abortion. Justice Chandrachud took charge as the Chief Justice when many important cases including the Citizenship Amendment Act, the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, and the Sabarimala case were being considered by the Supreme Court.