New Delhi, Mar 24 (ILNS) Chief Justice SA Bobde has initiated the process for appointing his successor by forwarding the name of NV Ramana for the highest judicial post of the country upon his retirement, slated for April 23.
The Union government had reportedly asked CJI Bobde to recommend his successor. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday sent a letter to Justice Bobde, seeking his recommendation.
Justice NV Ramana is the most senior Judge in the Supreme Court after Chief Justice Bobde. Born on August 27, 1957, Justice Ramana will have a tenure as the country’s top judge for a year and four months, till August 26, 2022.
Hailing from an agricultural family in Andhra Pradesh, Justice Ramana was appointed as a permanent Judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court in June, 2000. He served as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court before being elevated to the Supreme Court in February, 2014.
He 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 Right to Information (RTI) Act.
As per the procedures for 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 Bobde was sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India in November, 2019, succeeding Justice (retired) Ranjan Gogoi. He has been part of several key cases, including the five-judge constitution bench that passed the historic verdict that cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. ILNS/SNG/RJ