The office of Chief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana on Wednesday received a letter from the Ministry of Law and Justice urging him to initiate the process of recommending his successor.
The CJI is scheduled to step down on August 26.
As per convention, the CJI recommends the name of the senior-most judge as the successor. Justice Uday Umesh Lalit is second only to Ramana in seniority.
According to the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP), which governs the process of appointment of judges in the higher judiciary, the outgoing CJI begins the process of naming the successor after receiving communication from the Law Ministry.
Justice Lalit, if appointed, will have a tenure of fewer than three months and will retire on November 8.