Centre nominates Justice UU Lalit as NALSA Executive Chairman
18 May 2021
President Ram Nath Kovind named Justice Uday Umesh Lalit as the new executive head of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) on Monday, effective immediately. According to sources, the Ministry of Law and Justice has also published a notification in the Official Gazette informing the public about the situation. NALSA's executive chairman will be Justice Lalit, who will succeed Chief Justice of India NV Ramana. “In exercise of the authority provided by Clause (b) of sub-section (2) of Section 3 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, the President is pleased to designate Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Judge, Supreme Court of India, as Executive Chairman, National Legal Services Authority, with immediate effect,” the Ministry of Law and Justice stated in a May 14 Notification.
Justice Uday U. Lalit is a Supreme Court of India senior judge. He is the son of Retd. Justice UR. Lalit, a former additional judge of the Bombay High Court's Nagpur bench and a top Supreme Court lawyer. Justice Uday began his legal career in the Bombay High Court, where he practised from 1983 to 1985. From 1986 to 1992, he worked in the chambers of former Attorney General of India, Soli Sorabjee. He was named a senior advocate in 2004, and he also served on the Supreme Court's Legal Services Committee for two years.
NALSA was founded in 1987 with the goal of promoting an inclusive legal system that would provide effective representation and awareness to the disenfranchised and disadvantaged in order to achieve fair and meaningful justice. Before Justice Lalit's nomination, Chief Justice of India Justice N.V. Ramana was the NALSA Executive Chairman. The CJI is the patron-in-chief of NALSA.