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Justice UU Lalit likely to be the Chief Justice of India for 74 Days; List of India’s probable CJs up to 2022, Justice Bobde has the longest tenure

It happened only once in the history of Supreme Court of India, a direct appointee becoming Chief Justice of India, and Justice U U Lalit will be the second direct appointee to become the Chief Justice of India. Justice UU Lalit will become the Chief Justice of India on August 26, 2022 and continue to remain so till November 8, 2022. Overall, Justice Lalit, as Chief Justice of India will have tenure of 74 days. The enactment of National Judicial Commission will not affect the appointment of Chief Justice of India because Section 5 of the National Judicial Commission Bill 2014 also, mandates the  appointment of senior-most Judge of the Supreme Court as the Chief Justice of India if he is considered fit to hold the office. Justice S.M. Sikri was the only other judge who was directly selected from the Bar and also became the Chief Justice of India. Justice Sikri became the Chief Justice in January, 1971 and was in office for 824 days. Interestingly, Justice Sikri was second in seniority but was appointed as CJI as the then senior most judge, Justice Zafar Imam refused the post on health grounds.

Justice UU Lalit became a judge of the Supreme Court on August 13, 2014 and is one of the last appointments made through the collegium system. Along with Mr. Lalit, the Centre had approved the names of three chief justices of High Courts- Justice Prafull Chandra Pant, Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre and Justice R. Banumath from the High Courts of Meghalaya, Gauhati and Jharkhand. UU Lalit was one of the topmost lawyers in  the Supreme Court who had handled the cases of India’s who is who including that of Mr. Amit Shah, the current BJP President in the cases involving the fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati in Gujarat..

In times where judiciary is facing an uphill task regarding arrears and delay in justice, such a short tenure reduces the chances to bring in institutional changes and to introduce radical reforms. Till date, there have been only four Chief Justices who had a term which was only in two digits when calculated in number of days. Interestingly, Justice K.N.Singh  was the Chief Justice of India for only 17 days, and Justice Rajendra Babu for only 29 day.

List of Judges who are likely to become Chief Justice of India as per the seniority;

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  • B. Sharma Goyal, Advocate says:

    Even if you are working in a private sector you have remedies against violence of your rights. So far as the harassment and mental torture meted out to you by your seniors, the same is a criminal offence and you ought to have lodged a police complaint. Further if the order of dismissal mentions any false allegations you have a right to challenge the same. Even if it does not mention the same, depending upon other facts and circumstances you can challenge the same. I would suggest you to visit a good lawyer who will do the needful.

  • neeraj says:

    Dear Mam,and All respected Staff of ICICI Bank>I am Neeraj Sharma.My employee ID was 227003 working at Faridabad Sector-16 Branch.I joined this Bank on March 28,2011.I spend 4 years in this bank.I joined as Senior Officer.I remain a constant performer in BANK.After some time I promoted as Assistant Manager.>Whole period I forget my personal life and give my best to get a higher level.Some seniors who were against me always create lots of issues to spoil my career,which I informed already.After being in so much Pressure I remain performing and doing my JOB.>There are lots of incidents on which I was blamed unnecessary wrong where I was right.I never ever Got any support from HR Bank management,They always treat their employees like machine.>On 1st Feb 2015 I was called by Ms priyanka that Mr Naveen wants to meet you and when I reached there they told me to resign immediately when I asked the reason they gave no reply.They harasses me a lot.They did huge gunda gardi and informed security to ensure that this man should not go away from this building.I was shoked as there was no reason.I called my reporting boss and My CBM and My RHS praveen puri to know the reason but no one told me the reason and after that all of them started not picking my calls.On 2nd Feb My Reginal Head Sales Praveen puri called me and said resign now for your betterment.same thing told by Vaibhav Anand and My CBM Ashok miglani. They warned me and black mail me if you will not resign we will transfer you at Tamilnadu or we will give you poor rating.Where as I GOT 2 rating in 2014 which is consider as best.If Bank is giving me rewards,Appreciation letters and giving me good rating and I never ever get any warning letter.How can I except such behaviour. Because I always being fair and never buttering to my senoirs.On 23 Feb My RH Naveen Gupta and HR Manager Priyanka Aggarwal called me at NBCC building at New delhi.Naveen gupta threatened me to accept termination letter otherwise you won’t get anything.I was in so much pressure as I worked my best for 4 years and without any warning Letter or reason I was facing BADbehaviour.There should be 2 ways communication but no one even bother to answer and listen even a single word.>Vaibhav Anand and Ashok Miglani are the main reason for this.I told some employees that Mr Vaibhav anand is also doing property dealing business in Bank working Hours and he has a bank account also in ICICI bank in the name of Diyva Anand.Every day he reached office in evening you can see the CCTV recording.Vaibhv don’t like that I was aware of this.He started showing his anger on me.He started creating negetive impression of my self.My RHS praveen puri also aware of this.>>Vaibhav anand told me that the reason of your termination is sexual Harresment of the ICICI girls employees (Miss Anamika Kumari) and (Ms Dikhsha Dudeja) where as you can confirm from them that it is a LIE.Vaibhav Anand has good realation with the seniors and he started creating issue for me.>If Sexual harassment is the reason for my termination them pls come to branch and confirm from both of them what is the truth.I am so much heart that you gave punishment who is right and the person who is guilty are still working in BANK.>I HERE GAVE A OPEN CHALLENGE TO ENQUIRE AND IF I FOUND RIGHT I WANT MY JOB BACK.ALSO I WANT TERMINATION OF THOSE(Vaibhav Anand/Naveen gupta/Priyanka agarwal/Ashok Miglani/Praveen Puri) WHO PUT ME IN THIS SITUATION.OTHERWISE I DON’T HAVE NO ISSUE OF MY TERMINATIOIN.>MEDIA SHOULD ALSO EXPLOIT THAT POLITICS IS PRESENT IN PRIVATE SECTORS.Employees are doing part time jobs and doing full time business.Such employees are so much influential that top mgmt and seniors keep their eye close and let the wrong thing happened.THROUGH ME ALL THE BRANCH COME TO KNOW THAT VAIBHAV ANAND IS PROPERTY DEALER.>PLEASE GIVE ME JUSTICE AND GIVE MY JOB BACK.AND TAKE ACTION.NEWS CHANNELS AND MEDIA CAN CALL ME ON 9953304722.>I want this should not happened with any employee who is working with dedication and sincerely. I am a responsible person I want my JOB back in faridabad with respect as i have huge responsibility of my Senior citizen parents.> ThanksNeeraj Sharma9953304722> >>>>>>>

  • ohlayan says:

    The present system of appointing CJI is not satisfactory though,it at least eliminates favouritism nepotism in the selection of top post at the judiciary-otherwise it ought to be on the basis of competency to lead the court i e a leader is needed to guide the judiciary to attain constitutional goals !