Justice Nootalapathy Venkata Ramana (NV Ramana), the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, was appointed as the new Chief Justice of the country on Tuesday. This appointment has been made in place of the present Chief Justice SA Bobde. Bobde will retire on 23 April. According to the notification issued by the government, Justice Raman will take charge as the 48th Chief Justice of India on 24 April. Justice Raman will hold the post of Chief Justice of the country till August 26, 2022.
According to the government notification, the President appoints Justice Raman, the Supreme Court Judge, Justice Justice Raman from 24 April 2021, in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 124 (2) of the Constitution of India. As per tradition, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister PK Mishra and Secretary (Justice) in the Ministry of Law, Barun Mitra handed over the President’s signed appointment letter to Justice Raman on Tuesday morning, the sources said. Chief Justice (CJI) Bobde had recently recommended Justice Raman’s name as per the tradition and seniority order to take over after him.
Justice Bobde’s recommendation to the central government was made on the day the Supreme Court made public the decision to dismiss after properly considering the complaint of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy against Justice Raman. As per the rule, the current Chief Justice sends a written letter a month before his retirement.
Justice NV Raman heard many important cases
Justice NV Raman has heard a number of high profile cases in the apex court. A five-judge bench headed by him refused to send several petitions against Article 370 to a larger bench of seven judges in March last year. Indeed, a number of petitions were filed challenging the constitutional validity of the Central Government’s decision on Article 370.
Post of cji
Justice NV Raman was part of the five-judge constitutional bench which said in November 2019 that the post of CJI is a public authority under the Right to Information Act. In the November 2019 verdict, the apex court also said that judicial independence would also have to be kept in mind while exposing the information in the public interest.
Freedom of expression and doing business on the Internet are protected under the Constitution
In another important judgment, a bench headed by Justice Raman ruled in January last year that freedom of expression and doing business on the Internet are protected under the Constitution.
Jammu and Kashmir Administration
The Jammu and Kashmir administration was directed to review the ban orders immediately. He was also part of the five-judge constitution bench of the apex court which in 2016 ordered the reinstatement of the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh.
Fadnavis was ordered to test the strength
In November 2019, a bench headed by him ordered the then Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to test the power to prove his majority in the House. A bench headed by Justice Raman had also heard the plea that raised the issue of excessive delay in disposal of criminal cases against former and current MLAs.