My Actions Will Speak: Today, Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud was sworn in as the 50th Chief Justice of India. At a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office to him.
Following his swearing-in, Justice Chandrachud said, “Serving the ordinary citizen is my priority,” and promised to reform the registry and judicial processes. In addition, he said, “I will speak through my work, not through my words.”
The Supreme Court will be headed by Justice Chandrachud for two years, until November 10, 2024. He succeeds Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, who served for 74 days at the top post.
On May 13, 2016, Justice Chandrachud was elevated to the Supreme Court. In the Ayodhya land dispute and the right to privacy, he has been a member of several Constitution benches.
Additionally, he was part of the bench that partially struck down Section 377 of the IPC, the validity of Aadhaar, and Sabarimala.
While the Covid crisis was raging, a bench led by Justice Chandrachud passed several orders to alleviate people’s suffering.
Recently, a bench headed by him expanded the scope of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act to include unmarried women.
YV Chandrachud, who served as Chief Justice of India for seven years, is the son of Justice Chandrachud.
Interestingly, Justice Chandrachud, whose father was also a Chief Justice, has twice overturned judgments led by Justice YV Chandrachud.
St Stephen’s College awarded Justice Chandrachud an undergraduate degree in Economics. Later, he earned an LLB from Delhi University and an LLM and a PhD from Harvard Law School.
Besides practicing law at the Supreme Court and the Bombay High Court, he was also a visiting professor at the University of Mumbai teaching comparative constitutional law.
In June 1998, the Bombay High Court designated him as a senior advocate and he was appointed Additional Solicitor General in the same year. In the past, Justice Chandrachud served as a judge in the Bombay High Court and as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court.