The President appoints N.V. Ramana as Chief Justice of India
Last month, CJI Sharad A. Bobde proposed Justice Ramana, the Supreme Court's senior-most judge, for appointment as the 48th Chief Justice of India. President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Justice N.V. Ramana as Chief Justice of India on Tuesday, effective April 24.
On Tuesday, President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Justice NV Ramana as the next Chief Justice of India. And, on April 24, he will take the oath of office. Ramana will be the 48th Chief Justice of India until August 26, 2022, a period of more than sixteen months.
Last month, Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, who is retiring on April 23, recommended Justice NV Ramana as his replacement.
Justice Ramana was appointed to the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014, and has been a part of many significant rulings, including those on the establishment of special courts for expediting criminal cases against MPs and MLAs, making the CJI's office subject to the Right to Information Act, and lifting Internet restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir.
In the case of MPs and MLAs, he led a bench that questioned High Court Chief Justices to convene a Special Bench on September 16, 2020, to monitor the progress of trials in such cases and “immediately” list those that are pending due to a stay and decide whether it should be lifted or not.
Last year, a Constitution bench led by Justice Ramana rejected the curative plea filed by the gang rape and murder convicts in the December 2012 case, resulting in their execution.
On February 10, 1983, Justice Ramana became an advocate. He served as Additional Standing Counsel for the Central Government, Standing Counsel for Railways in the Central Administrative Tribunal at Hyderabad, and Additional Advocate General of Andhra Pradesh, in addition to serving on the panel of counsel for various Government bodies. On June 27, 2000, he was appointed as a permanent judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, and he served as Acting Chief Justice of the AP HC from March 10, 2013, to May 20, 2013.