2022, the year of change at the Supreme Court: Eight judges to retire, two new Chief Justices of India

Aside from current CJI NV Ramana, Justices UU Lalit and DY Chandrachud will helm the Court at different points of 2022.
Supreme Court judges
Supreme Court judges

Eight sitting judges of the Supreme Court of India will retire in the year 2022, causing a major makeover in the composition of the top court.

The year will also see two new Chief Justices of India (CJI) assume charge after the retirement of current CJI NV Ramana in August. Thus, the master of roster power will go through three hands this coming year.

The judges who are set to retire in the order of retirement date are:

Justice R Subhash Reddy – January 4

Justice Vineet Saran – May 10

Justice L Nageswara Rao – June 7

Justice AM Khanwilkar – July 29

CJI NV Ramana - August 26

Justice Indira Banerjee - September 23

Justice Hemant Gupta – October 16

Justice UU Lalit - November 8 (will retire as CJI)

(From left to right) Justice UU Lalit, CJI NV Ramana and Justice DY Chandrachud
(From left to right) Justice UU Lalit, CJI NV Ramana and Justice DY Chandrachud

Aside from current CJI NV Ramana, Justices UU Lalit and DY Chandrachud will helm the Court at different points of 2022.

CJI Ramana will retire on August 26, following which Justice Lalit will take over as CJI, albeit for a short period. He will retire on November 8, after which the Justice Chandrachud will take over the top post.

Justice Chandrachud will have one of the longest tenures of any CJI in the recent past and will hold the post till November 10, 2024, for a tenure that will last more than 2 years.

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