Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud was sworn in as the 50th Chief Justice of India today by President Droupadi Murmu at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan. He is the first Chief Justice whose father was also one.
He will serve as Chief Justice of India for two years, till November 10, 2024, succeedinig Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, who was at the top post for a short tenure of 74 days. He is the son of late Justice YV Chandrachud, the longest-serving Chief Justice Of India who was at the top post for seven years.
Justice Chandrachud was elevated as a Supreme Court judge on May 13, 2016. He has been part of several Constitution benches and landmark verdicts, including in the Ayodhya land dispute and the right to privacy, as well as the benches that delivered crucial judgments on decriminalising same-sex relations by partially striking down Section 377 of the IPC, the validity of Aadhaar scheme and the Sabarimala issue.
He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from St Stephen's College. He later completed am LLB from Delhi University, and an LLM and a doctorate from Harvard Law School in the US.
He has practised law at the Supreme Court and the Bombay High Court and served as a judge in Bombay High Court and as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court.