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UU Lalit To Be Next CJI: Supreme Court Chief Justice...

UU Lalit To Be Next CJI: Supreme Court Chief Justice NV Ramana has recommended the name of Justice Uday Umesh Lalit as his successor to the Central Government. Justice Ramana is retiring on August 26. Justice Lalit, who took oath on August 27, will have a tenure as Chief Justice till November 8. At present, Justice Lalit, the second senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, will be the 49th Chief Justice of the country.

Became Supreme Court Judge directly from lawyer
Known for his gentle nature, Lalit will be the second Chief Justice who was not a High Court judge before becoming a judge of the Supreme Court, but rose to this position directly through a lawyer. Before him in 1971, the 13th Chief Justice of the country SM Sikri had achieved this feat.

He was counted among the top lawyers of the country.
Born on 9 November 1957, Umesh Lalit was appointed Supreme Court judge on 13 August 2014. Before that, he was counted among the biggest lawyers of the country. He was appointed by the Supreme Court as Special Public Prosecutor in the 2G scam case. His father UR Lalit has been an additional judge in the Bombay High Court. U R Lalit is also counted among the biggest lawyers of the country.

3 divorce arrangements canceled
Justice Lalit has been a part of many major decisions during his tenure in the Supreme Court. On 22 August 2017, he was a member of a five-judge bench which declared the system of saying talaq-e-biddat i.e. triple talaq together as unconstitutional. In this case, in a joint decision written with Justice Rohinton Nariman, he had said that even in Islam, triple talaq is considered wrong. The right to speak 3 divorces at once, achieved by men, brings women in a situation of inequality. This is against the fundamental right of women.

Notice issued on sedition law
On 30 April 2021, a bench headed by Justice Lalit issued notice to the Center on the validity of Section 124A of the IPC in the case of sedition. In this case, the court agreed to hear the petition of Manipur journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhemcha and Chhattisgarh journalist Kanhaiyalal Shukla.

Punishment given to Vijay Mallya
Recently, Justice Lalit sentenced fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya to 4 months in the case of contempt. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on Mallya. It also said that in default of payment of fine, an additional jail term of 2 months will have to be served.

Important decision on POCSO Act
Justice Lalit also gave an important order on protecting children from sexual abuse. The bench headed by him held that touching of a sexual part of the body with sexual intent is a case of POCSO Act. It cannot be said that touching a child on top of clothes is not sexual abuse.

Relief to Amrapali flat buyers
Justice Lalit was also on the bench which had given major relief to about 42,000 flat buyers of Amrapali in 2019. Then the court had ordered that the unfinished project of Amrapali will now be completed by the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC). The court canceled the RERA registration of all the building companies of Amrapali Group who cheated the investors. It also ordered an investigation into the embezzlement and money laundering of investors’ money.

Verdict on SC/ST Act
The order not to make immediate arrest under the SC/ST Atrocities Act was also given by a bench headed by Justice Lalit. The court had also ordered to register a case only after preliminary inquiry on the complaints coming under this Act. However, later the central government changed the law and reinstated the provision of immediate arrest.

Separated himself from Ayodhya case
On January 10, 2019, Justice UU Lalit recused himself from the 5-judge bench hearing the Ayodhya case. He had based this on the fact that nearly two decades ago he had appeared as a lawyer for former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh in a criminal case related to the Ayodhya dispute.

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