Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana on Saturday took oath as the 48th Chief Justice of India. The oath was administered by President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The oath-taking was attended by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad among others.
Justice NV Ramana took his oath in English. He will hold the post for 16 months until his retirement on August 26, 2022. He is the second CJI from Andhra Pradesh after Justice K Subba Rao who presided over between 1966-67.
Who is Justice NV Ramana
Justice Ramana was born on August 27, 1957, in Ponnavaram village of Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district to a farmer couple and has two more siblings.
Before his stint as a first-generation lawyer, he worked as a journalist for the Telugu newspaper Eenadu for a brief period. He enrolled as an advocate in 1983 and practiced in Vijayawada. He also practiced in Hyderabad and served as Additional Advocate General of Andhra Pradesh.
He was appointed as the permanent judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court in June 2000. He had earlier served as the acting Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh high court between March and May 2013 and was then made the Chief Justice of Delhi high court in September the same year.
He was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court in 2014. He was also the Chairperson of the National Legal Services Authority. Some of the high-profile cases and ruling he has presided over include abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, the Right to Information Act among others.
Some of the important rulings that he has been part of include setting up special courts to fast-track criminal cases against MPs and MLAs, bringing the CJI’s office under the Right to Information Act, and lifting Internet restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir.
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