Centre seeks name of next CJI from Justice NV Ramana | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Union government on Wednesday initiated the process for appointment of the 49th Chief Justice of India by writing to CJI N V Ramana to recommend the name of his successor.
Law minister Kiren Rijiju, in a letter dated August 3, cited the convention of incumbent CJI recommending the name of his successor and requested Justice Ramana to send the name of the next CJI. Justice Ramana will retire as CJI on August 26 after serving in the top Judge’s post since April 24 last year. The letter was received by the CJI’s office late in the evening on Thursday.
As per the convention, the CJI recommends the name of the most senior Supreme Court Judge as the successor. In this case it will be Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, who will be the second direct appointee from the bar to become the CJI. Justice S M Sikri was the first direct appointee from the bar to become CJI on January 22, 1971.
However, there had been many direct appointments from the bar directly as Judge of the SC – Justices S C Roy, Kuldip Singh, N Santosh Hegde, R F Nariman, Lalit, L N Rao, Indu Malhotra and at present Justice P S Narasimha is a sitting SC judge. Justice Narasimha will be the third direct appointee from the bar to become CJI on Oct 30, 2027.
Justice Lalit will take oath as CJI on August 27 to repeat the phenomenon more than 51 years after it occurred with Justice Sikri. Justice Lalit will have tenure of 74 days as CJI.
In the Supreme Court, Justice Kamal Narain Singh had the shortest tenure of 17 days, from November 25 to December 12, 1991. CJI S Rajendra Babu was the head of judiciary for just 29 days in May 2004; CJI J C Shah had a tenure of 35 days from December 1970 to January 1971; CJI G B Patnaik for 40 days in November-December 2002.
Justice Y V Chandrachud had the longest tenure as CJI, seven years and six months from February 22, 1978 till July 11, 1985, which would remain an unbreakable record. His son, Justice D Y Chandrachud, would become the 50th CJI on November 9 to create a record of the first father-son duo occupying the top judicial post, albeit after a gap of nearly four decades. Junior Chandrachud would have a tenure of two years and two months.

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