Three Chief Justices of High Courts, including one woman judge have also been promoted. (JPN)
Lalit had given his consent for judgeship before the court shut for summer vacations on May 12.
However, the collegium had not moved forward his name to the government along with the four other names - chief justices Adarsh Goel and Arun Mishra, senior advocates Rohinton Nariman and Subramanium, SC sources said.
Lalit has been practicing in the Apex Court since 1986. He has also worked with former Attorney-General Soli Sorabjee.
Lalit represented various criminal cases like the one against Pune businessman Hasan Ali Khan who was accused of money laundering. He also represented BJP President Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter cases.
The same cases were linked to the Modi government's rejection of former advocate general Gopal Subramanium, whose name was dropped from the list of four candidates recommended by the Supreme Court collegium.
Gopal Subramanium had accused the government of launching a ‘dirt-digging exercise’ against him for displaying ‘independence and integrity’ when he assisted the court in the Sohrabuddin case.
Earlier this month Chief Justice of India RM Lodha in a strong exception flayed governments’ move and said that Subramanium’s name was dropped without his consent.
The other judges recommended by the Collegium are Meghalaya High Court Chief Justice Prafull Chandra Pant, Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre and Justice R Banumathi, Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court.
Three Chief Justices of High Courts, including one woman judge have also been promoted.