Justice UU Lalit takes over as new CJI
New Delhi: Justice UU Lalit who took over as the 49th Chief Justice of India on Saturday will have a very short tenure of two and half months. There are many cases with far-reaching consequences in the Supreme Court that will function under him. The most important cases pending in the Supreme Court are the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, religion as criterion for citizenship, reservation economic basis, secret electoral bonds that fund political parties. There are many more. According to a notice, issued by the apex court registry, the benches concerned will hear 25-judge matters from Monday, which have pending for quite some time.
In his farewell speech, former chief justice NV Ramana said, “Listing and posting of matters is one of the areas on which I could not pay requisite attention. I am sorry for that.” The new Chief Justice is aware of it. The CJI said, “I have always believed the role of the Supreme Court is to lay down law with clarity, consistency.”
He further said, “The best possible way to do it is to have larger benches as early as possible… so that the issues get clarified immediately.” Chief Justice Lalit was part of the bench that held instant “triple talaq” as unconstitutional. Although he was part of the bench that heard the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title, he rescued himself from it. His tenure ends when he turns 65 on November 8.