President appoints NV Ramana as the 48th Chief Justice of India

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The President of India Ram Nath Kovind has given his consent to the much-awaited appointment of Justice Nathulapati Venkata Ramana popularly known as Justice NV Ramana as the 48th Chief Justice of India.

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President accepting the recommendation made by the outgoing CJI SA Bobde, released the orders to this effect today. CJI Bobde is set to retire on April 23. Justice Ramana will assume office on April 24, 2021.

Justice Ramana will hold the highest office till his retirement on August 26, 2022. Earlier, he served as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.

Born in an agricultural family on August 27, 1957, in Ponnavaram Village, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, Ramana enrolled as an Advocate on February 10, 1983, and practised in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, Central and Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunals and the Supreme Court of India in Civil, Criminal, Constitutional, Labour, Service and Election matters.

He has also served as an Additional Advocate General of Andhra Pradesh. He was appointed as a Permanent Judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on June 27, 2000. He functioned as Acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court from March 10, 2013, to May 20, 2013.

Two weeks back, the Supreme Court had dismissed a complaint made by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy alleging that Justice Ramana was interfering with the State Judiciary in politically sensitive cases. After a confidential in-house enquiry, the Supreme Court dismissed the Andhra CM’s complaint as meritless.

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