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Justice NV Ramana takes over as 48th Chief Justice of India


Apr 24, 2021

Takes oath at a brief ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan

New Delhi, April 24

Justice NV Ramana on Saturday took over as the 48th Chief Justice of India.

President of India Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to Justice Ramana at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in a brief ceremony.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad were among those present at the ceremony.

Appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014, he will retire on August 26, 2022. Justice Ramana will have a tenure of around 16 months as the CJI.

He headed the Supreme Court Bench that decided the Kashmir lockdown case and declared access to Internet a constitutionally protected right under Article 19 (1)(a) and Article 19 (1)(g) on January 10, 2020.

A month before his retirement on April 23, CJI SA Bobde had on March 24 recommended Justice NV Raman as his successor after an in-house inquiry of the Supreme Court dismissed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s allegation that the senior-most judge attempted to destabilise his government.

President Kovind had April 6 appointed Justice Ramana as the 48th Chief Justice of India.

He got enrolled as an Advocate on February 10, 1983 and 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 was appointed as a Permanent Judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on June 27, 2000 and also functioned as Acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court from March 10, 2013 to May 20, 2013.

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