CJI Bobde Named NV Ramana As The Next CJI Of India

by Shatakshi Gupta

Supreme Court Judge N.V. Ramana will be the next Chief Justice of India. The current Chief Justice S. A. Bobde has given the name of his successor to the Law Ministry. CJI Bobde is retiring next month, in such a situation, he has suggested the name of Justice Ramana to the government in advance.

As only a month is remaining before the retirement of Bobde. In such a condition, the government has started the process of appointing a new Chief Justice. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had recently sent a letter to Justice Bobde, who is going to retire, asking him to recommend the name of the new CJI. On this recommendation, SA Bobde today recommended the name of NV Ramana as next CJI.

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Let us tell you that Justice NV Ramana is the most senior judge in the Supreme Court right now.  According to the tradition that has been held till now, the senior most judge has to assume the post of the next CJI of the country. As per the norm, about a month before the retirement, the serving Chief Justice of the country recommends the appointment of the most senior judge in the Supreme Court as his successor by sending a letter to the President.

On receiving this confidential letter from the CJI, the government completes all the formalities and appoints the most Senior Judge to the post of Chief Justice and the President administers his oath of office. It has happened once or twice in the history that the government intervened and made the junior judge the Chief Justice by violating the seniority order.

He will be the first CJI from Andhra HC

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Justice Ramna will take over as the new Chief Justice on 24 April after the government accepts the proposal. If this happens, he will be the first judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court to become the CJI.

Ramana’s journey

Justice Ramana was born on 27 August 1957 in Ponnavaram village in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. On 10 February 1983, he started practicing law. On 27 June 2000, he was appointed as a permanent judge in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh. Later, he was appointed as the judge of the Supreme Court in February 2014.