Chief Justice Lalit cannot call any meeting of the collegium, the Supreme Court body for the appointment, or fill the existing vacancies.
Chief Justice of India UU Lalit has recommended Justice DY Chandrachud as his successor and cannot clear any more appointments to the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice, who retires on November 8, has handed over the letter of recommendation to Justice Chandrachud.
The Union Law ministry had last Friday written to the Chief Justice, requesting him to name his successor. In a rare move, the ministry had even tweeted about it.
The timing of the move too assumed significance as the Chief Justice cannot preside over any meeting of the collegium, the Supreme Court body for the appointments of judges, or clear any appointment once his successor is name.
Citing the same rule, Justice Lalit had prevented his predecessor Justice NV Ramana from clearing two appointments.