According to a NDTV report, a Supreme Court panel led by the Chief Justice of India has recommended Lalit's name, along with three others.
Lalit represented Amit Shah in cases involving the fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati in Gujarat. Shah faces charges of murder and conspiracy in both cases. Once elevated, Lalit will be the sixth lawyer directly promoted to the top court as a judge.
Amit Shah was the Gujarat home minister when Sohrabuddin was shot dead by the state police in 2005. The police falsely claimed he was a terrorist.
Tulsiram Prajapati, a witness to the murder was also killed the next year.
The controversy surrounding Gopal Subramanium's resignation is yet to settle. Now, Lalit's elevation might spark another row.
He is also the special public prosecutor in the 2G spectrum scam case involving the gifting of out-of-turn mobile network licenses by the previous government to companies who allegedly paid big kickbacks.