Senior-most Supreme Court judge Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud took oath as the 50th Chief Justice of India (CJI) on Wednesday. Justice Chandrachud assumed charge as the 50th CJI and will have a tenure of over two years.
Before being elevated as the CJI, Justice Chandrachud served as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court and a judge of the Bombay High Court. Let us know about his educational qualification and his journey toward becoming the Chief Justice of India.
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Justice DY Chandrachud was born on November 11, 1959. His father is the longest-serving Chief Justice of India (CJI) Yeshwant Vishnu Chandrachud and his mother Prabha is a classical singer. D Y Chandrachud completed his schooling at Mumbai’s Cathedral and John Connon School and St. Columbia’s School in Delhi. In 1979, he completed his graduation in economics and mathematics from Delhi’s St. Stephen’s college.
After having finished his graduation, in 1982, he finished his Bachelor of law degree at Delhi University. In 1983, with the help of the Inlaks Scholarship, he completed his Masters of Law degree from Harvard Law School. He stayed back there, until he completed his Doctorate of Juridicial Science in 1986.
On completing his legal education, Justice DY Chandrachud worked briefly at a law firm before returning to India. He enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Maharashtra and practised at the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court. He always focused on issues pertaining to the common people. Some of his significant legal interventions include those in labour laws, especially pertaining to the loss of livelihood of labourers diagnosed with HIV-AIDS. He was also passionate about the legal conflicts faced by bonded women labourers and religious minorities.
Dhananjaya Yashwant Chandrachud (born 11 November 1959) is an Indian judge who is serving as the 50th and current Chief Justice of India. He is a former ex-officio executive chairman of National Legal Services Authority whilst being J1 (or the senior-most judge after the chief justice) of the Supreme Court of India.
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