Justice Uday Umesh Lalit took oath as the 49th Chief Justice of India on Saturday.
President of India Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union ministers were present at the ceremony. Justice Lalit's predecessor, Justice NV Ramana, was also present at the oath-taking ceremony.
On the eve of him taking charge from outgoing CJI NV Ramana, Lalit chalked out three priorities he would endeavor to fulfill during his 74-day tenure. Lalit highlighted three areas in which he intends to work.
These include - ensuring that at least one constitution bench is functioning in the Supreme Court throughout the year, listing cases for hearing in the apex court, and mentioning urgent matters.
Justice Lalit will have a brief tenure of less than three months as the CJI and he will retire on November 8 this year. The retirement age of judges of the Supreme Court is 65.