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Justice DY Chandrachud, the SC Judge, takes oath as 50th chief justice of india today

New Delhi: Today, Justice DY Chandrachud, The Supreme Court judge, took oath as the 50th Chief Justice of India. He was administered the oath of office by President Droupadi Murmu at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Today, Justice DY Chandrachud, The Supreme Court judge, took oath as the 50th Chief Justice of India. He was administered the oath of office by President Droupadi Murmu at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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With the oath-taking being complete, Chandrachud become the 50th CHI succeeding Justice UU Lalit who recommended Chandrachud’s name. Justice Chandrachud will serve as the head of the Supreme Court for two years — till November 10, 2024. He succeeds Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, who was at the top post for a short tenure of 74 days. Justice Chandrachud was elevated as a Supreme Court judge on May 13, 2016.

He has been part of several Constitution benches and landmark verdicts, including in the Ayodhya land dispute and the right to privacy. Justice Chandrachud, born on November 11, 1959. His father Justice YV Chandrachud was the 16th Chief Justice of India serving from February 2, 1978, to July 11, 1985. Justice Chandrachud was the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court from October 31, 2013, until his appointment to the Supreme Court.

He was the judge of the Bombay High Court from March 29, 2000, until his appointment as Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court. He was also part of the benches that delivered crucial judgments on decriminalising same-sex relations by partially striking down Section 377 of the IPC, the validity of Aadhaar scheme and the Sabarimala issue.He is the son of late Justice YV Chandrachud, the longest-serving Chief Justice Of India who was at the top post for seven years.

Justice Chandrachud had also served as Additional Solicitor General of India from 1998 until his appointment as a judge in the Bombay High Court. He was designated as a senior advocate by the Bombay High Court in June 1998. Interestingly, Justice Chandrachud, who would be the first Chief Justice whose father was also one, has twice overturned judgments led by Justice YV Chandrachud. Justice Chandrachud holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from St Stephen’s College.

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He later completed am LLB from Delhi University, and an LLM and a doctorate from Harvard Law School in the US. On Monday, Justice Chandrachud said he has very big-sized shoes to fill in and said he hopes to continue the good work initiated by UU Lalit. “Personally, as your successor, I am conscious that I have very big-sized shoes to fill because you have really raised the bar for the chief justice,” Justice Chandrachud said at the farewell function of UU Lalit organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association.

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