President Ram Nath Kovind Appoints Justice NV Ramana as Next CJI
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Justice NV Ramana as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI). Justice Ramana is expected to take oath on April 24.
Justice Ramana would be the 48th CJI, who was appointed to the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014 would take over as CJI on April 24, 2021 after the retirement of incumbent CJI SA Bobde on April 23.
An official notification reads, “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.”
In it been revealed that Justice Ramana was recommended by CJI SA Bobde to take over the country's highest judicial office, in line with the seniority norm that is followed by Supreme Court in appointing CJIs.
Thus, Justice Ramana would have a noticeably lengthy tenure as CJI for more than 16 months at the helm before he retires on August 26, 2022. Indeed Justice Ramana’s appointment would be the longest tenure as Chief Justice of India for nearly a decade as late Justice SH Kapadia was the last judge to have had a longer tenure lasting from May 2010 to September 2012.
In recent times, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had penned to CJI Bobde charging Justice NV Ramana to be linked with the Amaravati land scam.
Moreover, the Supreme Court followed an in-house procedure to scrutinize the allegations made by Jagan Mohan Reddy and dismissed the same.