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An Advocate for Punctual and Prompt Delivery of Justice – The New Indian Express

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NEW DELHI: Just under a month ago, when it was clear that Justice Uday Umesh Lalit would succeed Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on August 27, he made a sweet suggestion: if the children can go to school at 7 a.m., why can’t judges start work at 9 a.m.? Earlier in the day – July 15 – a three-judge bench comprising Justices Lalit, S Ravindra Bhat and Sudhanshu Dhulia began working a full hour ahead of their usual time. Judge Lalit’s suggestion made eminent legal sense that day. Now, with less than two weeks to go before he assumes the nation’s highest judicial office, senior Supreme Court lawyers are wondering if all of his fellow justices would pick up the slack and start delivering more justice. early.

Illustration: Sourav Roy

Judge Lalit’s tenure – just over two months – would be among the shortest a CJI has held so far. Transferred to the bench of the bar in August 2014, he had a series of landmark judgments to his credit. In 2017, Justice Lalit was part of the 3-2 majority decision in the case of triple talaq Shayara Bano v Indian Union, which the court ruled unconstitutional and “manifestly arbitrary” before overturning it.

Three years later, at the head of a two-judge bench, Justice Lalit upheld the rights of the former princely house of Travancore to manage and administer the Thiruvananthapuram-based Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, considered one of the richest in the world. The bench held that the rule of “heritability must be attached to a right of a shebait (servant)” of the temple.

The following year, in another landmark judgment, bench-leading Judge Lalit overturned a Bombay High Court ruling in a POCSO case that had previously ruled that “skin-to-skin” contact could be considered sexual assault. The Supreme Court held that touching a child’s sexual parts or any act involving contact with “sexual intent” constituted “sexual assault” under Section 7 of the POCSO Act.

Born in Solapur, Maharashtra on November 9, 1957, Justice Lalit’s career began at the Bombay High Court where he served as a barrister between 1983 and 1985 before moving to the Supreme Court where he was appointed as Senior Counsel in April 2004 In the past, he has managed high profile as a lawyer. In the past, he has represented Amit Shah in Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati dating cases. Before being elevated to the bench, Judge Lalit acted as amicus curiae in several cases. Additionally, he was appointed CBI Special Prosecutor in all 2G cases. Justice Lalit is executive chairman of the National Legal Services Authority.

Judge who rendered landmark verdicts
Justice Lalit was part of the five-judge constitution bench in the 2017 ‘triple talaq’ judgment, where a 3:2 majority ruled the practice of instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ as ‘unconstitutional’ »
He also led a bench that overturned Bombay HC’s widely criticized ‘skin to skin’ decision.

NEW DELHI: Just under a month ago, when it was clear that Justice Uday Umesh Lalit would succeed Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on August 27, he made a sweet suggestion: if the children can go to school at 7 a.m., why can’t judges start work at 9 a.m.? Earlier in the day – July 15 – a three-judge bench comprising Justices Lalit, S Ravindra Bhat and Sudhanshu Dhulia began working a full hour ahead of their usual time. Judge Lalit’s suggestion made eminent legal sense that day. Now, with less than two weeks to go before he assumes the nation’s highest judicial office, senior Supreme Court lawyers are wondering if all of his fellow justices would pick up the slack and start delivering more justice. early. Illustration: The mandate of Sourav RoyJustice Lalit – just over two months – would be among the shortest that a CJI has ever held so far. Transferred to the bench of the bar in August 2014, he had a series of landmark judgments to his credit. In 2017, Justice Lalit was part of the 3-2 majority decision in the case of triple talaq Shayara Bano v Indian Union, which the court ruled unconstitutional and “manifestly arbitrary” before overturning it. Three years later, at the head of a two-judge bench, Justice Lalit upheld the rights of the former princely house of Travancore to manage and administer the Thiruvananthapuram-based Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, considered one of the richest in the world. The bench held that the rule of “heritability must be attached to a right of a shebait (servant)” of the temple. The following year, in another landmark judgment, bench-leading Judge Lalit overturned a Bombay High Court ruling in a POCSO case that had previously ruled that “skin-to-skin” contact could be considered sexual assault. The Supreme Court held that touching a child’s sexual parts or any act involving contact with “sexual intent” constituted “sexual assault” under Section 7 of the POCSO Act. Born in Solapur, Maharashtra on November 9, 1957, Justice Lalit’s career began at the Bombay High Court where he served as a barrister between 1983 and 1985 before moving to the Supreme Court where he was appointed as Senior Counsel in April 2004 In the past, he has managed high profile as a lawyer. In the past, he has represented Amit Shah in Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati dating cases. Before being elevated to the bench, Judge Lalit acted as amicus curiae in several cases. Additionally, he was appointed CBI Special Prosecutor in all 2G cases. Justice Lalit is executive chairman of the National Legal Services Authority. Judge who handed down landmark verdicts Judge Lalit was part of the five-judge constitution bench in the 2017 “triple talaq” judgment, where a 3-2 majority ruled the practice of instantaneous triple talaq or “talaq- e-biddat” as “unconstitutional” He also led a bench that overturned Bombay HC’s widely criticized “skin to skin” decision.