Justice Ramana takes oath as New Chief Justice of India
Justice Ramana becomes the 48th Chief Justice of India and will have a tenure of 16 months in the office
Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana, the soft-spoken legal giant, has taken over as the new Chief Justice of India.
Justice Ramana becomes the 48th Chief Justice since India became a Republic on 26 January 1950.
Justice Ramana was sworn in by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at a simple function held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President House) on 24 April 2021. He will serve as the CJI till 26 August 2022.
Justice Ramana, a former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, becomes the first legal luminary from Andhra Pradesh to become the Chief Justice. He took over from Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde who demitted the office of Chief Justice on 23 April 2021 upon reaching the age of 65.
Born on 27 August 1957 to agriculturist parents in Ponnavaram Village situated in Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh, Justice Ramana started his career as a journalist before enrolling as an advocate in 1983. He was known as an activist during his student days as he was actively associated with issues concerning farmers and industrial workers.
He was appointed permanent judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on 27 June 2000 and was elevated as Chief Justice of Delhi High Court on 2 September 2013 before being sworn in as Supreme Court judge on 17 February 2014 while Justice PG Sathasivam served as the Chief Justice of India.
During his tenure of over seven years at the Supreme Court, Justice Ramana worked under eight Chief Justices and has authored 156 judgments.