Last month, incumbent CJI Sharad Arvind Bobde recommended Justice Ramana’s name as his successor to the Union law ministry. CJI Bobde will retire on April 23
Justice Nathulapati Venkata Ramana has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of India after President Ram Nath Kovind signed the warrant of appointment. Justice Ramana will take charge on April 24 and his term will expire on August 26, 2022, serving a one-year-and-four-month term.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by Clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Justice Nathulapati Venkata Ramana, Judge of the Supreme Court, to be the Chief Justice of India with effect from 24th April, 2021,” a government notification said. CJI Bobde had recommended Ramana’s name as he is due to retire on April 23. 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.
As per 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”. Justice Ramana has previously served as a Permanent Judge of the AP High Court from June 27, 2000. He worked 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, he was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. Justice Ramana took charge as the judge of the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014.