My work, not words will speak, says Justice D Y Chandrachud after being sworn-in as 50th CJI

President Droupadi Murmu administers the oath to Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud as the 50th Chief Justice of India (CJI), at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on Wednesday.
President Droupadi Murmu administers the oath to Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud as the 50th Chief Justice of India (CJI), at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on Wednesday.ANI

New Delhi: President Droupadi Murmu Wednesday administered the oath of office to Justice D Y Chandrachud as the 50th Chief Justice of India (CJI).

Justice Chandrachud took the oath at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, which was attended by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, former Chief Justice of India U U Lalit, Supreme Court judges and other dignitaries.

On October 11, former Chief Justice of India U U Lalit named Justice D Y Chandrachud, the senior-most judge in the Supreme Court, as his successor.

Justice Lalit retired on November 8.

Justice Chandrachud is the son of former Supreme Court judge Y V Chandrachud, who was the longest-serving CJI being in office for about seven years and four months between 1978 and 1985.

During his tenure, Justice D Y Chandrachud overturned two judgments of his father – which were related to adultery and the right to privacy.

Justice Chandrachud obtained a PhD from Harvard Law School and is known as a non-conformist judge. He has played a key role in introducing virtual hearings during the COVID-19 times, which has now become a permanent feature.

He has been part of the landmark judgments on the Ayodhya title dispute, decriminalisation of homosexuality, adultery, privacy, and entry of women into Sabarimala.

Justice Chandrachud practised in the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court.

He passed BA with honours in economics from St Stephen's College, New Delhi, and completed his LLB from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University.

He also served as the Additional Solicitor General of India from 1998 to 2000.

He was first appointed as a judge of the Bombay High Court on March 29, 2000.

On May 13, 2016, he was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court.

Justice Chandrachud has also served as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court since October 31, 2013, until his elevation as an apex court judge.

Justice Chandrachud has been a visiting professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Mumbai and Oklahoma University School of Law, US.

In June 1998, he was designated as the senior advocate by the Bombay High Court.

After being sworn in as the 50th CJI, Justice Chandrachud said that serving the people of the country was his priority and he would take care of citizens in every aspect.

After the swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Chief Justice Chandrachud reached the Supreme Court premises and paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.

He said heading the Indian judiciary was a great opportunity and responsibility.

The CJI said that serving common people was his priority and he would work for all the citizens of the country.

“Be it in technology or be it in the registry or be it in judicial reforms, I will take care of citizens in every aspect,” he said.

Responding to a query on ensuring the trust of the people in the judiciary, the CJI said: "I will ensure the trust of citizens not only through words but through my work."

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