Next CJI Justice U U Lalit, part of landmark judgments including ‘Triple Talaq’

The senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, Justice YU Lalit, who is in line to become the next Chief Justice of India (CJI), has been part of several landmark decisions including instant ‘triple talaq’. The decision is also included. Illegal and unconstitutional among Muslims. If appointed, Justice Lalit will become the second CJI to be inducted into the Supreme Court bench directly from the Bar.

Justice SM Sikri, who became the 13th CJI in January 1971, was the first lawyer to go directly to the Supreme Court bench in March 1964. Justice NV Ramana resigned.

Justice Lalit, a noted senior advocate, was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court on 13 August 2014. Since then, he has been involved in many important judgments of the Supreme Court.

One of the path-breaking judgments was the August 2017 five-judge constitution bench judgment in which a 3-2 majority declared the process of divorce through instant ‘triple talaq’ as “void”, “illegal” and “unconstitutional”. stated. While the then Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice S Abdul Nazeer were in favor of staying the judgment for six months and asking the government to legislate for it, Justices Corin Joseph, RF Nariman and UU Lalit upheld the decision. Declared the practice. violation of the constitution. Justices Kehar, Joseph and Nariman have since retired.

In another landmark judgement, a bench headed by Justice Lalit ruled that the erstwhile royal family of Travancore has management rights over the historic Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala, one of the richest places of worship. , and stating that “the principle of inheritance should be linked together. The right of shebeit” (servant). The bench set aside the Kerala High Court’s 2011 judgment allowing the appeal of the legal heirs of Athiradam Thirunal Murthanda Verma, the younger brother of late ruler Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Verma, which had directed the state government to set up a trust. was Management and control of temple assets.

A bench headed by Justice YU Lalit had ruled that touching the sexual parts of a child’s body or any act involving physical contact with ‘sexual intent’ is punishable under Section 7 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act. is equivalent to ‘sexual assault’. The most important ingredient is sexual intent, not skin-to-skin contact. Overruling the Bombay High Court’s controversial ‘earlier’ judgments in two cases under the POCSO Act, the bench had held that the High Court had erred in holding that there was no offense because no direct ‘earlier Soon’ is not. ‘Communication with sexual intent.

The High Court had held that there is no offense of sexual assault under the POCSO Act if there is no direct skin-to-skin contact between the accused and the victim. Born on 9 November 1957, Justice Lalit was admitted as an Advocate in June 1983 and practiced in the Bombay High Court till December 1985.

He shifted his practice to Delhi in January 1986 and was nominated as a senior advocate by the Supreme Court in April 2004. He was appointed as the special public prosecutor for the CBI to try the 2G spectrum allocation case.

Justice Lalit is scheduled to retire on November 8, 2022.

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