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Centre asks Chief Justice of India UU Lalit to name successor

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The Union of India on Friday wrote to Chief Justice of India Uday Umesh Lalit, asking him to name his successor.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice said that following the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) on the appointment of Chief Justice of India and Supreme Court Judges, Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju sent a letter to the Chief Justice of India today, seeking his recommendation for the appointment of his successor.

As per Article 124(2) of the Constitution, the process for appointment of CJI involves the Law Minister writing to the incumbent CJI to name his or her successor at an appropriate time, which in practice is usually around a month before the person demits the office.

Justice Lalit, who was sworn in as the 49th CJI on August 27 this year, is set to retire on November 8.

Generally, the CJI names the senior-most judge next to him as his successor, which in this case, is Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.

Going by the conviction, Justice Chandrachud is set to become the 50th CJI of the country. He will have a long tenure at the helm lasting over two years before he demits office on November 10, 2024.

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