Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud has been named the Chief Justice of India by the Indian President. After current Chief Justice UU Lalit retires, Justice Chandrachud will become the 50th Chief Justice of India. With effect from November 9, 2022.
Justice Chandrachud was suggested by outgoing Chief Justice UU Lalit as his replacement on October 11. As Chief Justice of India, Justice Chandrachud will hold office till November 10, 2024, serving one of the longer periods in recent memory.
Justice Chandrachud was congratulated on being named the new Chief Justice of India by Union Minister for Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju.
The father of Justice Chandrachud, Justice YV Chandrachud, served as India's 16th Chief Justice from 2 February 1978 until 11 July 1985.
Justice Chandrachud is renowned for his liberal and progressive rulings, the most recent of which upheld unmarried women's right to an abortion up to 24 weeks in gestation.
He was a member of the Constitution Benches that oversaw the decriminalisation of consenting homosexuality and the recognition of the right to privacy under Article 21. He was a member of the group that supported women of all ages having the freedom to join the Sabarimala shrine. The five-judge panel that rendered a decision in the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid dispute had Justice Chandrachud as a member.
On May 13, 2016, Justice Chandrachud was appointed to the Supreme Court. Prior to that, beginning on October 31, 2013, he served as Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court. His judicial career began on March 29, 2000, when he was appointed to the Bombay High Court as a judge. Prior to being named a judge, he served as India's Additional Solicitor General from 1998 till the present. He was classified as a