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Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud was sworn in as the 50th Chief Justice of India (CJI) on Wednesday by President Droupadi Murmu, succeeding Uday Umesh Lalit, who left his position on Tuesday.

Following Murmu's approval of his appointment, Justice Chandrachud was chosen as the 50th Chief Justice of India last month. In addition to congratulating the most senior judge on the highest court, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted the announcement of the appointment.

By suggesting Justice Chandrachud to the Union cabinet on October 11, Justice Lalit started the process of appointing his successor. On October 7, the administration issued CJI Lalit a letter recommending his replacement. CJI Lalit retired on November 8 after serving for 74 days.

According to tradition, the Union law ministry sends a letter to the departing CJI about a month before retirement asking for the name of the person who would succeed them. In response, the incumbent writes back and, between 28 and 30 days before retirement, sends the suggestion to the minister.