Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde will retire on April 23, 2021
Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde has recommended to the Union government to appoint senior-most Supreme Court Judge Justice NV Ramana as his successor and the 48th CJI as per convention.
The CJI wrote a letter to the Law Ministry in this regard.
On Friday, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had written a letter to CJI Bobde to recommend his successor.
As per the convention, a CJI is required to formally send in a request to this effect at least a month prior to demitting office.
CJI Bobde is set to retire on April 23. Justice Ramana has practised in the Andhra Pradesh High Court, Andhra Pradesh and Central Administrative Tribunals and the Supreme Court.
If Justice Ramana’s name is approved as the next CJI, he will have a one-year-and-four-month term to serve till August 26, 2022.
According to the Memorandum of Procedure governing the appointment of members of the higher judiciary, “appointment to the office of the Chief Justice of India should be of the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court considered fit to hold the office”.
About NV Ramana
Born in an agricultural family on August 27, 1957, in Krishna district’s Ponnavaram village of Andhra Pradesh, Justice NV Ramana was appointed as a Permanent Judge of the AP 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. Then in the month of September the same year, Justice Ramana was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
Justice Ramana was appointed to the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014.
He served as Additional Standing Counsel for the Central Government and Standing Counsel for Railways in the Central Administrative Tribunal at Hyderabad besides serving as Additional Advocate General of Andhra Pradesh.