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PM Modi Skips CJI Chandrachud’s Swearing In Ceremony


Justice DY Chandrachud on Wednesday was sworn in as Chief Justice of India after Justice Uday Umesh Lalit demitted office.

President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office to Justice DY Chandrachud at the swearing-in ceremony held in the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and others were present on the occasion.

Justice Chandrachud succeeds Chief Justice UU Lalit who retired on November 9.

However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was missing from the oath-taking ceremony of Justice Chandrachud. The Prime Minister is s in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday as part of the BJP’s massive campaign ahead of the Assembly polls. On Wednesday, PM Modi is scheduled to address two public rallies in Himachal’s Sujanpur and Chambi. PM Modi, earlier this week, was also in Himachal Pradesh when he addressed rallies in Sundernagar and Solan. The hill state goes for polling on November 14 in one phase, the results of which will be declared on December 8. Himachal Pradesh is known for changing the government between the Congress and the BJP in every assembly election since 1982, The Week reported.

CJI Chandrachud, after the swearing in ceremony, said heading the Indian judiciary was a “great opportunity and responsibility”. “Serving common people is my priority. Please look forward, I will work for all the citizens of the country. Be it in technology or be it in registry…or be it in judicial reforms, I will take care of citizens in every aspect,” he said.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, commenting on PM Modi’s absence from the swearing-in ceremony of the new CJI, wrote on Twitter: “On the information I have, I conclude Modi’s absence from CJI Oath Taking Ceremony in the Rashtrapati Bhavan today obviously on hubris, is an affront to the Indian Constitution and Bharatiya Sanskar. Unless Modi comes up with an explanation or an apology his act be deplored.”

People on social media pointed out that PM Modi has never missed out on swearing-in ceremony of the CJI since Justice Thakur in 2015.

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