CJI Lalit Farewell Speech: Disposed Of 10,000 Cases, Fulfilled My Promises To Large Extent

Outgoing Chief Justice of India Uday Umesh Lalit on Monday recalled his two-month tenure at the helm of the Supreme Court, saying he had to a large extent fulfilled the promises he had made when he took over as CJI on August 27 this year. CJI Lalit will retire on November 8 but Monday was his last working day since the SC is shut on Tuesday on account of Guru Nanak Jayanti, a report in Bar and Bench said.

Speaking at the farewell function organised for him by the Supreme Court Bar Association, CJI Lalit highlighted that around 10,000 cases were disposed of in the last two months of his tenure.

“As I stand before you I remember some promises I made. I said I will try to streamline listing, see regular matters are listed, ease mentioning part and have one Constitution bench running. To certain extent, I have fulfilled them,” Bar and Bench quoted CJI Lalit as saying.

“Since I took over we disposed off 10,000 cases against a filing which was 8,700 and about 13,000 cases were disposed of which were lying in defects. So to certain extent we have taken a slice from the mounting arrears,” he further said.

Justice UU Lalit was appointed by President Droupadi Murmu as the 49th CJI in August. He took oath on August 27, 2022. Justice Chandrachud will now take over as India’s 50th CJI.

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