President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the appointment of Justice NV Ramana as the next Chief Justice of India.

Justice Ramana will take oath at the 48th Chief Justice of India (CJI) on April 24, 2021.

Chief Justice SA Bobde is due to retire on April 23.

Justice Ramana’s name was recommended by Chief Justice Bobde as his successor, last month.

Sixty-three-year-old Justice Ramana will remain as the Chief Justice of India for a year and four months till August 26, 2022.

He was born in an agricultural family in Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district on August 27, 1957.

After Justice K Subba Rao, who was the ninth Chief Justice of India from 1966-67, Justice Ramana will be the second Chief Justice of India from Andhra Pradesh, says a media report.

Justice Ramana has been in the legal profession for the last four decades.

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”, according to the official website of the Supreme Court.

Justice Ramana was appointed as a permanent Judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on June 27, 2000.

He worked as the acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court from March 10, 2013 to May 20, 2013.

He was elevated as the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court in 2013 and as a judge in the Supreme Court in 2014.


Justice Ramana was part of a bench that ruled that suspension of Internet in Jammu and Kashmir should be reviewed immediately.

He was also part of the panel of judges which held that the Chief Justice’s office comes under the ambit of the RTI Act.

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