Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana appointed as 48th Chief Justice of India

Justice NV Ramana took oath as the 48th Chief Justice Of India and with that he became the second Chief Justice of India from Andhra Pradesh.

Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana on Saturday took over as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India. He is now the 48th Chief Justice of India (CJI) and succeeded the post after Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde.

President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Justice Ramana in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and many other dignitaries at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

In the farewell to Justice SA Bobde, who retired as the Chief Justice yesterday, Justice Ramana said, “We are going through testing times as we battle the Covid wave. Lawyers, judges and court staff are all affected due to the virus. Some hard measures may be necessary to break the chain of transmission. We can defeat the pandemic together with dedication.”

Justice Ramana, a first-generation lawyer passionate about Carnatic music, will have a tenure of around one year and four months and will retire on August 26, 2022.

Ramana was called on to the Bar on February 10, 1983, and has practiced in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, Central and Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunals, and the Supreme Court of India. He has specialised in constitutional, civil, labour, service and election matters. He has also practiced before Inter-State River Tribunals.

Justice Ramana served as a puisne judge of the Supreme Court of India from February 17, 2014. He has also served as the Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) since November 27, 2019.

He was also part of 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 ambit of the Right to Information Act.

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