U.U. Lalit

U.U. Lalit

Sitting Judge of the Supreme Court of India

Assumed Office13th Aug, 2014

Retired On8th Nov, 2022


Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of IndiaApril 2004

EnrolmentJune 1983

Age: 64

Tracked Cases: 5


LawGovernment Law College, Mumbai


Notable Judgments

J Lalit and J Goel introduced three procedural safeguards to prevent the ‘misuse’  of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. In Kashinath Mahajan v State of Maharashtra, they set out the following procedure-

1.  Conduct of preliminary enquiry prior to the registration of FIR

2. Investigation officer obtaining further approval prior to carrying out an arrest

3. Provision for grant of anticipatory bail under the Act


J Lalit, J Gogoi and J Joseph, in Ranjana Kumari v State of Uttarakhand, ruled that a migrant cannot be recognised as a Scheduled Caste person in the migrant state, merely because that state recognises the specific caste as a Scheduled Caste.


J Lalit was on the Constitution Bench that heard the controversial 2017 Triple Talaq case. The Shayara Bano Bench negated the validity of Triple Talaq and Justice Lalit held that Triple Talaq violated the fundamental right guaranteed in Article 14.

In Pradyuman Bisht v Union of India, J Lalit and J Goel directed that CCTV cameras (without audio recordings) be installed inside courts, and in important locations in the court complex, in at least two districts in every state. However, they ordered that these recordings will not be subject to the Right to Information Act.

J Lalit was on the 2-judge Bench of the Supreme Court that held that the prescribed 6 month waiting period under Section 13B(2) of the Hindu Marriage Act, for divorce by mutual consent, is not mandatory. His judgement with J Goel in Amardeep Singh v Harveen Kaur settled a contentious issue by holding that the prescribed waiting period can be waived under certain circumstances.