July 19’ 2020
Justice UU Lalit is all set to become a part of the Supreme Court collegium with effect from 20th July as the fifth senior judge, after the retirement of Justice R Banumathi. He was elevated from the Bar in August 2014 and will continue to be in the collegium till his retirement in November 2022.
Collegium System is a system which is responsible for the appointments and elevations of judges and lawyers to the Supreme Court and the High Courts. It also deals with the transfer of judges to High Courts and the Apex court. A forum consisting of the Chief Justice of India and four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court are responsible for the decisions of the collegium.
Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice Arun Mishra, N V Ramana, R F Nariman are other members of the collegium.
He enrolled as an advocate in June 1983, practicing in the Bombay High Court till December 1985. Later, he shifted his practice to Delhi in January 1986. He was designated as Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court early in 2004. He has also been appointed as the Special Prosecutor for CBI to conduct the trials in all 2G matters.
Justice Lalit has been a part of various noticeable judgments. Recently, he headed a division bench which decided upon the issue of the Managership or the Shebaitship of Kerala’s famous Padmanabhaswamy Temple continuing with the Royal Family.
Justice U U Lalit, alongside Justice A K Goel, introduced procedural safeguards to prevent the misuse of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, in the case of Kashinath Mahajan v. State of Maharastra.