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CJI SA Bobde recommends Justice NV Ramana as his successor


Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, who is going to retire on April 23, has recommended Justice NV Ramana as his successor.

Justice Ramana is the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court after the CJI. Justice Bobde has written a letter to the law ministry in this regard.

Procedure for appointing CJI

As per the Memorandum of Procedure governing the appointment of members of the higher judiciary, “appointment to the office of the Chief Justice of India should be of the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court considered fit to hold the office”.

It stipulates that the Law Minister would, at an appropriate time, seek the recommendation of the outgoing Chief Justice of India for the appointment of the next CJI.

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Under this process, after receipt of the recommendation of the CJI, the law minister puts it before the prime minister who advises the President in the matter of appointment.

About Justice NV Ramana

Justice NV Ramana was born in an agricultural family on August 27, 1957, in Ponnavaram village, Krishna district. He enrolled as an advocate on February 10, 1983. He has practiced 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 specialised in constitutional, criminal, service and inter-state river laws. He has also functioned as panel counsel for various government organisations. He has functioned as additional standing counsel for central government and standing counsel for railways in the Central Administrative Tribunal at Hyderabad.

He has also functioned 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.

He has participated in several national and international conferences held in India and abroad and submitted papers on various topics of legal importance. He was elevated as the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court on September 2, 2013. Thereafter, he was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court of India on February 17, 2014.


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