A lot earlier than India grew to become unbiased, Justice UU Lalit’s grandfather Ranganath Lalit was a lawyer in Solapur. On Saturday, the previous took up the mantle of his household legacy when he took oath because the forty ninth Chief Justice of India, along with his father — who additionally had served as a excessive court docket decide — sitting within the viewers.
As President Droupadi Murmu congratulated Justice Lalit following the swearing-in, what caught everybody’s consideration was the brand new CJI’s gesture to the touch the ft of his 90-year-old father, Umesh Ranganath Lalit, who served as a excessive court docket decide after an extended profession as an advocate in his house state Maharashtra.
Additionally current within the viewers have been Justice Lalit’s spouse Amita Lalit, who runs a college in Noida, together with their two sons, Harshad and Shreeyash. Whereas each of the sons studied engineering, Shreeyash Lalit later took up legislation. His spouse Raveena is a lawyer too. Harshad Lalit works as researcher and lives within the US with spouse Radhika.
Because the CJI, Justice Lalit could have a tenure of 74 days and would demit workplace on November 8 on attaining the age of 65 years. He would be the sixth head of the Indian judiciary to have a tenure of lower than 100 days. Justice D Y Chandrachud, the senior-most decide after Justice Lalit, is subsequent in line to be the Chief Justice of India.
Born on November 9, 1957, in Maharashtra’s Solapur, CJI Lalit was witness to his father’s rise. UR Lalit was an Further Decide on the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay Excessive Court docket and a senior advocate on the Supreme Court docket.
CJI Lalit enrolled as an advocate in June 1983. He specialised in felony legislation and practiced on the Bombay HC from 1983 to 1985. Following his stint on the Bombay HC, he labored within the chambers of then Lawyer Common of India, Soli Sorabjee, from 1986 to 1992.
He’s recognized to be part of a number of high-profile circumstances — from representing BJP chief and former Uttar Pradesh CM Kalyan Singh charged with contempt of court docket for failing to forestall the Babri Masjid demolition to showing for actor Salman Khan in his 1998 poaching case.
In July, Justice Lalit headed the bench that sentenced fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya to 4 months’ imprisonment and advantageous of Rs 2,000.
He was additionally a part of the five-judge bench which by a 3:2 majority judgment, in August 2017, “put aside” the centuries-old apply of on the spot triple talaq.
In November 2021, an SC bench headed by him quashed the 2 judgments of the Nagpur bench of Bombay Excessive Court docket saying a very powerful ingredient for constituting an offence of sexual assault beneath Part 7 of Safety of Kids from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act is the “sexual intent”, and never the “skin-to-skin” contact with the kid”.
In 2019, he was made a part of the bench to listen to the Ayodhya title go well with situation however recused himself from the listening to after it was identified that he had appeared in a linked matter in 1997 as a lawyer for Kalyan Singh.
As counsel, he was appointed Amicus Curiae in a number of issues and was appointed Particular Public Prosecutor for CBI by the Supreme Court docket within the 2G scam-related circumstances.
Talking at a perform organised a day in the past by the Supreme Court docket Bar Affiliation (SCBA) to bid farewell to outgoing CJI N V Ramana, Justice Lalit mentioned he has all the time believed that function of the highest court docket is to put down legislation with readability and the very best approach to do it’s to have bigger benches as early as doable in order that the problems get clarified instantly. “So, we’ll try onerous to say that sure, we’ll all the time have at the very least one structure bench functioning all all year long,” he mentioned.
Justice Lalit mentioned one of many areas by which he intends to work is concerning the itemizing of circumstances earlier than the structure benches and issues that are specifically referred to three-judge benches. On the problem of itemizing of issues, he mentioned, “I need to guarantee you that we are going to try onerous to make the itemizing as easy, as clear, and as clear as doable.”