Justice Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud was born in 1959 and is the son of YV Chandrachud, the longest-serving Chief Justice of India. He completed his LLB from Delhi University and went to Harvard for his LLM. DY Chandrachud was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of India on May 13, 2016, by the then President Pranab Mukherjee. He will be in office until 2024. Justice Chandrachud was also the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court from October 31, 2013, until appointment to the Supreme Court. Before this, he was also a judge in the Bombay High Court from March 29, 2000. Justice Chandrachud was also appointed as the director of the Maharashtra Judicial Academy.
Justice DY Chandrachud practiced law at the Supreme Court of India and the Bombay High Court. Apart from law, he was also a visiting professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Mumbai and the Oklahoma University School of Law, US. He has also given lectures across prestigious international universities like Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, Australian National University, and the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Justice DY Chandrachud was also a speaker at conferences organized by bodies of the United Nations including United Nations High Commission on Human Rights, the International Labour Organisation and United Nations Environmental Programme, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank.
Justice DY Chandrachud, in his latest judgment, overturned his father Justice YV Chandrachud’s 1985 ruling that held the adultery law to be constitutionally valid. Justice DY Chandrachud said Section 497 destroyed women’s dignity and self-respect as it treated them as their husbands’ chattel and offended their sexual freedom. Justice DY Chandrachud has also delivered judgments that have made a great difference to our society. Rulings have changed many people’s lives.