NEW DELHI: The Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Thursday recommended the name of senior most SC Judge Justice UU Lalit to the Centre the name as his successor. CJI Ramana is retiring on August 26.
Union law minister Kiren Rijiju had written to the CJI urging him to name his successor. If the Centre accepts the recommendation, Justice Lalit will become the second CJI who had been elevated as apex court judge directly from the Bar.
Justice UU Lalit hails from Maharashtra. He was a senior advocate in the Supreme Court before he was elevated as its judge. He was a criminal lawyer. His father was also a senior advocate and Delhi High Court judge.
If the Centre accepts CJI Ramana’s recommendation, Justice Lalit will become the Chief Justice of India for a period of three months. He is due to retire on November 8, 2022.