Justice NV Ramana formally appointed as next CJI, to assume charge on April 24
President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday formally appointed Supreme Court judge, Justice NV Ramana, as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI). Justice Ramana will assume charge as the 48th CJI on April 24, a day after the retirement of incumbent CJI Sharad Arvind Bobde.
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“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,” an official notification said.
CJI Bobde, who succeeded Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the country’s topmost judge in November 2019, nominated Justice Ramana as his successor last month, through a letter to the Union law ministry. The ministry requested CJI Bobde to recommend his successor in accordance with the memorandum of procedure (MoP) for the appointment of the judges in the Supreme Court.
As per the MoP, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court of India, considered fit to hold the office of the Chief Justice of India, should be appointed to the position. The MoP requires the Union law minister to seek recommendation from the outgoing CJI for the next appointee to the office.
63-year-old Justice Ramana's tenure as CJI will end on August 26, 2022. He was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court in February 2014. The judge has previously been the chief justice of the Delhi high court. Recently, he was accused by Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy of "influencing" the state high court and stalling probe into a land scam case.
In a letter CJI Bobde, Reddy alleged that the Andhra Pradesh high court was being used to "destablise and topple my democratically elected government." The top court, however, closed the inquiry against Justice Ramana, giving him a clean chit, and thus clearing the decks for him to named as the next CJI.