D.Y. Chandrachud


13th May 2016 - 10th Nov 2024

Justice Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud is the son of Justice Yeshwant Vishnu Chandrachud, the 16th and longest serving Chief Justice of India with a tenure spanning almost 7 years (197-1985). Justice D Y Chandrachud graduated with an Honours degree in Mathematics & Economics from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi, pursuant to which he completed his Bachelors in Law from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi

With a stellar academic record in college, Justice Chandrachud was the recipient of the prestigious Inlaks Scholarship in 1983 and went on to obtain first an LLM degree, and then a Doctorate of Juridical Sciences from Harvard University. Justice Chandrachud’s career that prompted him to take on the role of a visiting professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Mumbai. He has also been a guest lecturer at his alma mater, Harvard Law School, in addition to Yale Law School, the University of Australia, and the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Justice Chandrachud’s legal practice began in Delhi where he practiced as an advocate in the Supreme Court and the High Courts of Gujarat, Calcutta, Allahabad, Madhya Pradesh, and Delhi. In addition, he also appeared before the Company Law Board, The Monopolies & Restricted Trade Practices (MRTP) Commission, the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) Board, and the National and State Commissions. He was designated Senior Advocate in 1998 and was appointed as the Additional Solicitor General of India from 1998  t0 2000

Some of the significant cases of Justice Chandrachud’s career as an advocate have been in the domain of Constitutional and Administrative Law, involving rights of HIV positive workers, religious and linguistic minority rights and labour and industrial laws. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Bombay High Court on 29.03.2000. He took oath as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court on 31.10.2013 and was subsequently elevated to the Supreme Court on 13.05.2016.

Notable Judgments

During his term as Additional Judge a Bombay, presided over the Vodafone Tax matter and gave the ruling that was subsequently overturned by the Supreme Court.  Justice Chandrachud’s tenure at the Supreme Court has witnessed some landmark decisions.

He served on the Constitution Bench deciding the question of seeking votes on religious grounds and delivered the dissenting opinion in the case.


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