New Delhi: President of India Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Justice NV Ramana as 48th Chief Justice of India.
Kovind issued the order after accepting the recommendation made by the outgoing CJI SA Bobde, who is retiring on April 23. As the CJI, Justice Ramana will have a term till August 26, 2022.
Before his elevation to the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014, Justice Ramana was the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
He was born in an agricultural family on August 27, 1957, in Ponnavaram Village, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh. He 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 has also functioned as 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.
Two weeks back, the Supreme Court had dismissed a complaint made by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy alleging that Justice Ramana was interfering with the State Judiciary in politically sensitive cases. After a confidential in-house inquiry, the Supreme Court dismissed the Andhra CM's complaint as meritless.