President Ram Nath Kovind appoints Justice NV Ramana as the next CJI
On Tuesday, Supreme Court judge, Justice NV Ramana has been formally appointed as the next Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind .
On 24th of April, just after a day of the retirement of existing CJI SA Bobde, Justice Ramana will assume charge as the 48th CJI.
An official notification, due to published in the Gazette of India, and signed by Barun Mitra, Secretary to the Government of India stated, “In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana, Judge of the Supreme Court, to be the Chief Justice of India with effect from 24th April, 2021.”
The former CJI, Bobde recommended Justice NV Ramana as his successor right a month before his retirement. And in a letter to Justice Bobde, Law minister Ravi Shankar sought his recommendation for the appointment of the next CJI.
Justice Ramana has been part of several key cases, including a bench that ruled that suspension of Internet in Jammu and Kashmir should be reviewed immediately.
He was also part of the panel of judges which held that the Chief Justice’s office comes under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. He previously served as a judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court in June 2000. Later he was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court in 2013, Soon after he was elevated to the Supreme Court in February 2014.
Justice NV Ramana happens to be the most senior judge in the Supreme Court after Chief Justice Bobde. Born on August 27, 1957, Justice Ramana will have a tenure as the country’s top judge for a year and four months, till August 26, 2022.