Judge DY Chandrachud on Wednesday took an oath as the 50th Chief Justice of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan. He will tenure till November 10, 2024.
Justice DY Chandrachud will have a tenure of two years as CJI and will demit the office on November 10, 2024. The Supreme Court judge retires at the age of 65.
On Wednesday (November 9), Supreme Court Judge Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud took an oath as the 50th Chief Justice of India in the administration of the President of India, Droupadi Murmu, at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
He is now the senior-most judge of the apex court and is set to serve as CJI, succeeding Uday Umesh Lalit.
Justice DY Chandrachud is the son of India’s longest-serving Chief Justice, Yeshwant Vishnu Chandrachud, who headed the judiciary from February 22, 1978, to July 11, 1985.
He was a member of the supreme court benches and delivered verdicts on several important matters, including the “Ayodhya” land dispute case, a path-breaking judgement on discriminating in “same-sex relations,” and the validity of the “Aadhar Card scheme.” He also concurred with a majority verdict in the “Sabarimala case,” holding that the practise of prohibiting women from entering mandirs at the age of menstruation was discriminatory and violative of women’s fundamental rights.
Recently, a bench led by him expanded the scope of the MTP (Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act) and the corresponding rules to include unmarried women for abortions between 20 and 24 weeks of pregnancy, and many other benches led by him, or he was a member of the bench in some important cases, played pivotal roles, and delivered exemplary verdicts on the matters.
Earlier life of Justice DY Chandrachud
He completed his graduation in BA Hons. in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, after that he completed his LLB from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, and obtained an LLM degree and Doctorate in Juridical Sciences (SJD) from Harvard Law School, USA.
Justice DY Chandrachud was designated as a senior advocate by the Bombay High Court in June 1998 and became an additional solicitor general in the same year, until he was appointed as a judge.
Justice DY Chandrachud practised law at the SC and the Bombay High Court and was a visiting professor of comparative constitutional law at the University of Mumbai.