Justice NV Ramana, the senior most Judge of the Supreme Court, is appointed as the Chief Justice of India (CJI). He will have a tenure of 16 months as the CJI. The appointment of the post is made by the President in exercise of the power conferred upon him under Article 124(2) which reads ‘Every Judge of the Supreme court is appointed by the President by warrant under his name and seal and shall hold the office until he attains the age of sixty- five years’.
Justice Ramana an inspiration to first generation lawyers
Justice NV Ramana comes from a humble family with an agricultural background in Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh. He is the first-generation lawyer. He enrolled as an Advocate in Andhra Pradesh Bar in 1983. He served in various govt organizations. He is also the Chairman of National Service Legal Authority. He was appointed as the Judge in Andhra Pradesh High Court on 27th June 2000. And he was elevated as the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court in 2013.
He was part of many Landmark Judgements like Central Public Information Officer v. Subhash Chandra Agarwal wherein, the five judges bench held that the Chief Justice of India’s office does come under the purview of the RTI Act.
In Nambam Rebia and Bamang Felix V. Deputy Speaker it was held by the Apex Court that the Governor cannot prepone the session of the Assembly without duly concerning the Chief Minister, Councils of Minister and the Speaker. This action of the governor was found to be violative of Article 163 read with Article 174 of the Indian Constitution.
The landmark judgement of Anuradha Bhasin V. UOI was a celebrated judgement regarding the importance of internet as a means of personal freedom and a requirement to carry on business under Article 19(1)(g). Anuradha Bhasin holding the position of Executive Editor of the Srinagar Times said that, “without the access to internet the print media cannot function.” The court in this case held internet to be an important commodity to provide freedom of an individual and as a facilitator to carry on trade and business. The judgement was written by Justice Ramana and he quoted Charles Dicken’s Tale of two Cities.
The glorious journey of Justice Ramana and his landmark verdicts inspire lawyers, law students and academics all over.