India Appoints New Supreme Court Chief Justice Who Is Due to Retire in November

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Uday Umesh Lalit was sworn in on Saturday as India’s Chief Justice for the Supreme Court, although he’s solely set to maintain the submit for 74 days earlier than his retirement falls due in November.

Under India’s structure, Supreme Court justices are required to retire aged 65 years. The chief justice is appointed by the president in accordance seniority.

Earlier this month, Lalit’s predecessor Chief Justice N.V. Ramana mentioned 65 “was too early to retire” for a choose.

An estimated 45 million instances are pending in Indian courts in accordance to the National Judicial Data Grid. The gradual disposal was primarily due to a scarcity of judges, with some 5,000 positions mendacity vacant in the decrease judiciary, and 400 vacant place for top court docket judges.

The Supreme Court presently has round 30 judges, and there are 4 vacancies.

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(Reporting by Suchitra Mohanty, Editing by Rupam Jain & Simon Cameron-Moore)

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