President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday nominated Justice Uday Umesh Lalit the next executive chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) with immediate effect.
Lalit will be replacing Chief Justice of India NV Ramana to take charge as the executive chairman of NALSA.
Who is Justice Uday Umesh Lalit?
Justice Uday U. Lalit is a senior judge at the Supreme Court of India. He is the son of Retd. Justice UR. Lalit, a former additional judge of the Bombay High Court, Nagpur bench, and a senior counsel practicing at the Supreme Court.
At the beginning of his career as an advocate, Justice Uday practiced in the Bombay High Court from 1983 to 1985.
In 1986, he joined the chambers of Former Attorney General for India, Soli Sorabjee from 1986 to 1992.
In 2004, he was designated as a senior advocate and also served as a member of the Supreme Court’s Legal Services Committee for two terms.
In 2011, a SC bench of Justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly appointed Lalit as the Special public prosecutor for the CBI in the 2G Spectrum case.
In 2019, Justice Lalit recused himself from a five-judge bench constituted to hear the Ayodhya Dispute case. His appearance for the erstwhile Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Singh in a ‘connected case’ was brought to the notice of the court by Rajeev Dhavan, and the court in its order noted the ‘disinclination’ of Justice Lalit to participate in the matter.
Justice U.U.Lalit was also a part of the two- judge bench that upheld the Travancore Royal family’s right to administer the Sree Padmanabha Swami temple on 13 July 2020.