UU Lalit is an Indian lawyer who was elevated to the rank of Judge of the Supreme Court of India on 13 August 2014. Prior to his appointment as a judge, he served as a senior advocate in the Supreme Court.
Uday Umesh Lalit was born on Saturday 9 November 1957.age 65 years; by 2022) in Maharashtra, India. He graduated from Government Law College, Mumbai. Lalit was inclined towards pursuing a career in law after seeing his lawyer father UR Lalit and grandfather Ranganath Lalit.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Hair Color: salt and pepper
Eye Colour: black
parents and siblings
Lalit’s father, UR Lalit, is also a lawyer who has served as a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India and as an additional judge of the Delhi High Court and Bombay High Court. UR Lalit was an additional judge in the Delhi High Court when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency across the country. UR Lalit was among the few courageous High Court judges who completely went by the law and defied the political pressure to grant bail to undertrials, with whom prisons were packed at the time. Apparently, UR Lalit was not approved as a judge of the HC by the Indira Gandhi regime.
wife and children
UU Lalit’s wife’s name is Amita Uday Lalit. Highly inspired by Montessori teaching method, Amita Uday Lalit founded Stimulus School in Noida in 2011. Together, they have two sons. One of his sons is a lawyer. They have a son, a graduate from IIT Guwahati.
His grandfather, Ranganath Lalit, was a lawyer who presided over two separate civic functions when Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru visited the Lalit family’s ancestral city of Solapur in Maharashtra.
UU Lalit follows Hinduism.
being a lawyer
UU Lalit enrolled as an advocate in June 1983 and started his legal practice under MA Rane. Till December 1985, he practiced in the High Court of Bombay and shifted his practice to Delhi in January 1986. Thereafter, he worked in the chambers of PH Parekh & Co. From 1986 to 1992, Lalit worked with Soli Sorabji, the former Attorney General of India. In April 2004, he was designated as a Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court of India, where he served as an amicus curiae, a person permitted to assist the court despite being a third party in a legal matter. Later, he was appointed as the Special Public Prosecutor for the CBI to conduct the trial in the 2G scam under the orders of the Supreme Court. In the alleged scam, various Indian politicians and private officials of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition government in India were accused of allotting 122 2G licenses on terms that benefited specific telecom operators. Former Telecom Minister A. Raja was accused of issuing 2G licenses to telecom operators at throwaway prices, causing a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer. He has represented many high-profile clients in the Supreme Court such as former Indian Army Chief VK Singh, former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, actor Salman Khan, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and businessman Hasan Ali Khan. However, he came under public scrutiny for defending Amit Shah in the extrajudicial killings of gangsters Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati in 2005-’06, when Shah was serving as the Home Minister of Gujarat.
as a judge of the Supreme Court
On 13 August 2014, he was directly elevated from the Bar to the rank of Judge of the Supreme Court of India.
- Triple Talaq Case: Justice UU Lalit was in the Constitution Bench hearing the controversial case in which he said that triple talaq violated the fundamental right guaranteed in Article 14.
- Kashinath Mahajan Vs State of Maharashtra: In the SC/ST case, a division bench of Justice Adarsh Goel and Justice UU Lalit introduced three procedural safeguards to prevent ‘misuse’ of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, in which it determined that a preliminary inquiry should be done. Further sanction has to be taken before registering an FIR and before making an arrest by the Investigating Officer. He also introduced a provision for grant of anticipatory bail under the Act.
- Ranjana Kumari vs State of Uttarakhand: In the case, a bench of Justice UU Lalit, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Joseph ruled that a migrant cannot be recognized as a Scheduled Caste person in a migrant State, merely because he is a Scheduled Caste to a State specific caste. recognizes as.
- Pradyuman Bisht vs Union of India: If, Justice UU Lalit J and Justice Adarsh Goel directed that CCTV cameras (without audio recording) be installed inside courts and at important places in court premises in at least two districts in each state. However, he ordered that these recordings would not be subject to the Right to Information Act.
- Amardeep Singh Vs Harveen Kaur: Justice UU Lalit was in a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court which held that the prescribed 6-month waiting period for divorce by mutual consent under Section 13B(2) of the Hindu Marriage Act is not mandatory.
- ‘Skin-to-skin contact’ ruling for sexual harassment under POCSO Act: In 2021, a bench headed by Justice Lalit overturned a Bombay High Court decision that held that groping without ‘skin-to-skin’ contact is not sexual harassment, as opposed to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (PASS). POCSO) Act. sc held,
Touching through clothing/sheets with sexual intent is included in the definition of POCSO. The courts should not be overzealous in the pursuit of ambiguity in plain words. The narrow erudite interpretation which would defeat the purpose of the provisions cannot be allowed.”
- Right of Travancore Royal Family to administer Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple: Setting aside the previous judgment of the Kerala High Court, which had directed the state government to form a trust to exercise control over the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple, an SC bench headed by Justice Lalit ruled that the royal family of Travancore Had the right of management. Temple. The bench said that the rule of inheritance should be linked to the right of shebait (servant) of the temple.
Facts / Trivia
- On 13 August 2014, Lalit became the sixth lawyer to be directly promoted to the Supreme Court Bench.
- Although several media houses claimed that Lalit represented Amit Shah in two high-profile criminal cases related to the fake encounter killings of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati in Gujarat, Amit Shah as his client in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case never were. Instead, it was Ram Jethmalani who argued for Shah in the SC. In 2014, Lalit’s name was recommended for the post of judge in the Supreme Court following a controversy involving senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam, who opted to be considered for the post after the BJP accused the BJP of obstructing his promotion. had chosen. Subramaniam claimed that the Modi government had ordered the CBI to “probe” against him for “dirt” as he assisted the SC in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. Lalit was then nominated in place of Subramaniam and his nomination was approved by the central government in August 2014.
- He has served as a member of the Supreme Court of the Indian Legal Services Committee for two terms. In May 2021, Lalit J was appointed as the Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).
- On 4 August 2022, Chief Justice of India Justice NV Ramana wrote to the central government recommending the name of Justice UU Lalit to take over as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI). At that time, Lalit was due to retire on 8 November 2022 after assuming the office of the Chief Justice of India for a period of seventy-four days as the 49th CJI.
- On a trip to Mumbai in 2022, she visited a school run by Prerna, an NGO working with women and children in red light areas and forced into business with some women.
- In June 2022, UU Lalit and his wife, Amita Udaya Lalit, hosted their wedding ceremony in Araku, Andhra Pradesh in a tribal tradition.
- He is a vegetarian and a teetotaler.