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CJI Lalit’s brief term of 74 days ends, read his important decisions

New Delhi: Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit delivered several important judgments during his brief tenure of 74 days and initiated steps such as live telecast of proceedings and changes in the procedure for listing of cases. He was the second head of the judiciary to be elevated directly from the bar to a Supreme Court bench. Born on November 9, 1957, Justice Lalit was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court on August 13, 2014 and was sworn in as the 49th Chief Justice (CJI) on August 27, 2022. November 8 is the last day of his term.

Justice Lalit is the second Chief Justice of the country to be directly elevated from the Bar to a Supreme Court bench. Before him, Justice S. M. Sikri was the first lawyer to be promoted directly to the bench of the apex court in March 1964. He became the 13th CJI in January 1971. Supreme Court judges retire at the age of 65. On the last day of the tenure of the Chief Justice, the Constitution Bench headed by him, by a majority of 3: 2, the Economically Weaker Sections of the General Category (Economically Weaker Sections)EWSUpheld the validity of the 103rd Constitutional Amendment providing 10 per cent reservation in admissions and government jobs to people belonging to

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Justice Lalit concurred with the view of Justice S Ravindra Bhat, who decided to reduce the EWS quota for the general category. “unconstitutional” Told. On the fourth anniversary of the landmark judgment on live telecast or webcast of important proceedings in matters of constitutional importance, Justice Lalit ordered the commencement of live telecast of Constitution Bench cases from September 27. A bench headed by the Chief Justice paved the way for the execution of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Mohammad Arif alias Ashfaq and his plea to review the death sentence awarded to him in the 2000 Red Fort attack case. rejected. 3 soldiers of the army were martyred in this attack.

However, Justice Lalit’s attempt to fill the four vacant posts of judges in the Supreme Court went unfulfilled as his successor Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice S. a. Nazir objected to the process of seeking written consent by the five-member collegium on the proposal to recommend names for appointment. The CJI-led collegium, however, recommended the names of around 20 judges to various high courts and also recommended the nomination of Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Justice Dipankar Datta as a judge of the apex court.

It also recommended elevation of judges of some High Courts as Chief Justices, apart from transferring some other Chief Justices and judges. The apex court currently has 28 judges against the sanctioned strength of 34. On the front of judgments, a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India in the 2002 Gujarat riots cases “Innocent People” Activist Teesta Setalvad, arrested for allegedly fabricating evidence to implicate, also granted bail to Kerala journalist Siddiqui Kappan, who was arrested in October 2020 after she allegedly gangraped a Dalit woman. Due to the incident of death, he was going to Hathras in Uttar Pradesh.

A bench headed by Justice Lalit referred the petition seeking issuance of guidelines in cases involving the death penalty to a five-judge constitution bench which is to decide whether the seriousness of the offense in the cases involving the death penalty. When and how can possible mitigating conditions be considered? Benches led by him took a very strong note of the non-compliance of the apex court’s orders and sentenced fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya, who is an accused in the over Rs 9,000 crore bank loan default case, to four months imprisonment.

It convicted Malvinder Singh and Shivinder Singh, the former promoters of Fortis Healthcare Ltd, of contempt for not making a genuine effort to pay Rs 1170.95 crore to honor the arbitration award and sentenced them to six months in jail. A bench headed by Justice Lalit sentenced a Kenyan citizen of Indian origin to one year in prison for civil and criminal contempt by “cheating” in securing custody of a son from his estranged wife and sentenced him to 25 years’ imprisonment. Also imposed a fine of Rs.

During his 74-day stint as the head of the judiciary, he worked on three key areas, including listing of cases and mentioning urgent matters in the Supreme Court. Justice Lalit was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court on August 13, 2014. He was a senior advocate then. He was a part of many historic decisions including outlawing the practice of ‘triple talaq’ among Muslims. In August 2017, a five-judge constitution bench by a majority of 3:2 ‘triple talaq’ was declared unconstitutional. Justice Lalit was also among these three judges.

He recused himself from hearing in the politically sensitive Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case in January 2019. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for one of the Muslim parties in the case, had told the Constitution Bench that Justice Lalit had appeared in a related matter in the year 1997 as the counsel for former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh. In another important judgment, a bench headed by Justice Lalit had held that the erstwhile Travancore royal family has the right to manage the historic Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala.

A bench headed by him referred to the Bombay High Court in a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act. “Skin-to-Skin Contact” The disputed decision was overruled. The top court had said that the most important component of sexual assault is sexual intent, not skin-to-skin contact. Justice Lalit became a lawyer in June 1983 and practiced in the Bombay High Court till December 1985. He moved to Delhi in January 1986 and started practicing law and in April 2004 he was designated a senior advocate by the apex court. He was appointed as the Special Public Prosecutor of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to hear the 2G spectrum allocation case.

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