With immediate effect, President Ram Nath Kovind has announced Supreme Court judge Justice Uday Umesh Lalit as the current executive chairperson of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).
Justice Lalit will succeed Chief Justice of India NV Ramana. The Ministry of Law and Justice issued a notification to that effect in the official gazette.
The notification issues stated that “the President is pleased to appoint Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Judge, Supreme Court of India, as Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority, with immediate effect, in obligations imposed by Clause (b) of sub-section (2) of Section 3 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987.”
About Justice Lalit:
Justice Lalit is the son of Retd. Justice UR. Lalit, a senior lawyer working in Delhi and a former alternate judge of the Bombay High Court, Nagpur bench. Justice Uday began his legal career in the Bombay High Court, where he practised from 1983 to 1985. From 1986 to 1992, he served in the chambers of former Attorney General of India, Soli Sorabjee. He was designated a senior advocate in 2004, and he has operated on the Supreme Court’s Legal Services Committee for two years. In 2011, he was chosen as the CBI’s Special Public Prosecutor in all 2G matters by a Supreme Court bench led by Justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly. He was nominated to the Supreme Court as a judge in 2014. Justice Lalit is presently a member of the Supreme Court collegium and is set to become India’s 49th Chief Justice.