Dr. Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud

  • 2023
  • Chief Guest

Born: November 11, 1959

Dr Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud is the Chief Justice of India.

He took oath as the Chief Justice of India on 9 November 2022. Before his appointment to the Supreme Court in May 2016, he was the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court (October 2013 - May 2016). He was a judge of the Bombay High Court for thirteen years (March 2000 - October 2013).

Justice Chandrachud joined the Bombay Bar after obtaining LLM and SJD degrees from the Harvard Law School. He was designated as a Senior Advocate in June 1998 and served as the Additional Solicitor General of India.

As a judge of the Supreme Court of India, Justice Chandrachud has delivered seminal judgements, including on the decriminalization of homosexuality, decriminalization of adultery, declaration of privacy as a fundamental right, disability rights, caste and gender discrimination, and environmental law. His judgment mandated the grant of permanent commissions to women in the armed forces. He has delivered notable dissents which seek to uphold the values of liberty and freedom.

As Chairperson of the e-committee of the Supreme Court of India, he is leading a digital transformation of the judicial system in India, comprising over 18,000 courts. Since he took charge as the Chief Justice of India, Justice Chandrachud has spearheaded numerous reforms on the administrative and judicial side. He launched the e-SCR project to provide free access to the judgments of the Supreme Court.