The President of India has appointed Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud as CJI, effect From Nov 9, 2022.
After the retirement of the incumbent Chief Justice of India, UU Lalit, Justice Chandrachud will become the 50th Chief Justice of India.
Justice Chandrachud will be the Chief Justice of India (CJI) till November 10, 2024, which will be one of the longest periods in recent history for a CJI.
The father of Justice Chandrachud, Justice YV Chandrachud, served as India's 16th Chief Justice from 2 February 1978 to 11 July 1985.
Justice Chandrachud is well-known for his liberal and progressive verdicts, the most recent of which upheld the rights of unmarried women to seek abortions up to 24 weeks of pregnancy.
In accordance with Article 21's recognition of privacy as a fundamental right, he was a part of the Constitution Benches that also decriminalized adultery and decriminalized consensual homosexuality.
He was a part of the majority which upheld the freedom and rights of all women to enter the Sabarimala shrine.
Justice Chandrachud also served on the five-judge panel that decided the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid case.
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