Justice Dhananjay Yashwant Chandrachud has become the new Chief Justice of the country. President Draupadi Murmu administered the oath of office to him in a program held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. All the dignitaries including Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Supreme Court judges, Union Ministers were present in the program. The tenure of Chief Justice Chandrachud will be till 10 November 2024.
Chandrachud became a judge for the first time in the year 2000
Justice DY Chandrachud became a judge of the Supreme Court in 2016. Prior to that he was the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court. His first appointment as a judge was in the year 2000 in the Bombay High Court. Prior to that he was the Additional Solicitor General of the Government of India from 1998 to 2000. He earned a law degree from Delhi University in 1982. He also studied at the prestigious Howard University.
Father was also Chief Justice of India
Born on November 11, 1959, Justice Chandrachud’s father has also been the Chief Justice of India. His father Yashwant Vishnu Chandrachud held this important post for the longest time. He was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for 7 years from 1978 to 1985. One special thing about Justice Chandrachud is that he always has a smooth smile on his face. He treats junior lawyers with the same respect as well-known lawyers. Even while dismissing a case, he explains the reason in detail to the lawyer in a polite tone.
Work done even after being corona positive
In the era of Kovid, he gave many orders on the availability of oxygen and medicines. There was also an occasion when he himself joined the hearing through video conferencing from his home, despite being a corona victim. Recently, he conducted the court proceedings till 9.10 pm and settled all the cases before him that day.
The impression of his personality is visible in the decisions
His personality has always been imprinted in the decisions of his liberal image. In the judgment given while quashing Section 497 of the IPC for adultery, he wrote that even a married woman has her autonomy. She cannot be seen as her husband’s property. Her having a relationship with another man can be a valid ground for divorce, but considering it as a crime to put another man in jail would be wrong.
Chandrachud’s decisions played an important role in many cases
Recently they also allowed unmarried women to abort their 20 to 24 weeks of pregnancy. In this historic decision, he also said that if the husband has made the wife pregnant by forcibly having sex, then he too will have the right to an abortion for 24 weeks. In this way, the case of abortion itself, for the first time in the law, recognized marital rape.
Justice Chandrachud has been aware of all the fundamental rights including freedom of expression. He gave a similar mandate on the freedom of expression of people who stood on politically and ideologically different ends. That is, it is not right to put someone in jail just for expressing their views. He also gave relief to women officers who have been fighting for permanent commission in the army for a long time. Justice Chandrachud was also a member of the 5-judge bench that gave the verdict of the Ayodhya case. Giving the verdict on the Aadhaar case, he played an important role in getting privacy declared as a fundamental right.