Justice U U Lalit, a legal luminary with a distinguished career that has left an indelible mark on the Indian judiciary. Enrolled as an Advocate in 1983, he shifted his practice to Delhi in 1986 and earned the designation of Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in 2004. His reputation as a formidable legal mind led to his appointment as the Special Public Prosecutor for CBI in all 2G matters. In 2014, Justice Lalit’s remarkable contributions were recognized with his appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India, where he served with distinction until his retirement on November 8, 2022. Throughout his career, he fearlessly represented high-profile personalities in crucial cases, including BJP leader Kalyan Singh in the Babri Masjid demolition case and Salman Khan in the blackbuck poaching case. His judicial legacy includes landmark judgments, notably the ruling on the practice of instant ‘triple talaq’ as “void,” “illegal,” and “unconstitutional” in 2017.
Additionally, he played a pivotal role in granting the erstwhile royal family of Travancore the management right over the historic Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala. Justice Lalit’s exceptional career, unwavering dedication to justice, and significant contributions have left an enduring impact on the Indian legal system, making him a true stalwart of the judiciary.
L TO R: Sameer Kochhar, Chairman, SKOCH Group; Justice U U Lalit, Former Chief Justice of India
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