Justice NV Ramana sworn in as new Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind

Ajeyo Basu

LAST UPDATED: April 24, 2021, 1:08 p.m.

New Delhi: Justice NV Ramana was sworn in as the 48th Chief Justice of India this morning. President Ram Nath Kovind administered him the oath at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi in a small ceremony due to coronavirus restrictions.

On the occasion of Justice SA Bobde’s farewell and retiring as Chief Justice yesterday, Justice Ramna said, “We are going through a trial during the battle against the Covid-19 wave. The virus has affected the lawyers, judges and court staff. Measures may be necessary to break the chain of transmission. We can defeat the pandemic with dedication.”

Another challenge is filling six vacancies in the top court in front of Justice NV Ramana. Not a single judge has been appointed to the apex court during the tenure of Justice SA Bobde.

Born on August 27, 1957 in an agricultural family in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, Justice Ramana, 63, will be the country’s top judge for a year and four months until August 26, 2022. He is the second Chief Justice of India of Andhra Pradesh. Justice K. Subba Rao was the ninth Chief Justice of India from 1966–67.

In his nearly four-decade-long career, Justice Raman has served in the High Court of Civil, Criminal, Constitutional, Labor, Service and Election matters in the Andhra Pradesh, Central and Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunals and the Supreme Court of India. 

He has specialized in constitutional, criminal, service and inter-state river laws, according to his profile on the official website of the Supreme Court.

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He was appointed as a permanent judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on 27 June 2000. He served as Acting Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court from 10 March 2013 to 20 May 2013.

He was promoted as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court in 2013 and as a Judge in the apex court in 2014. Justice Ramana was part of the bench that ruled that the suspension of the Internet in Jammu and Kashmir should be reviewed immediately. 

He was also a part of the panel of judges in which the office of the Chief Justice came under the purview of the Right to Information Act.

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