Reform in India’s higher judiciary

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Of late, there is a rumour doing the rounds between Raisina Hill and Tilak Marg. Apparently, the age of retirement of Supreme Court of India judges is to be increased to 67 years, not immediately but in a couple of months. This will fall during the tenure of Justice U.U. Lalit

who by seniority is expected to take over as the Chief Justice of India (CJI) on August 27, 2022. Dehors the increase, Justice Lalit would have had two months in the August office; come the amendment, his tenure goes on to November 2024. This alteration in age would affect every successor notably Justice D.Y. Chandrachud who will see delay in his ascension from November 2022 to November 2024. All in all, quite momentous for court watchers. Also momentous for political watchers since the next Lok Sabha election is due by May 2024. Much therefore hangs on age, especially the looks of the Court.

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