Justice NV Ramana appointed as new Chief Justice of India

New Delhi, April 6
In a significant development, President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday (April 6) appointed Justice NV Ramana as the next Chief Justice of India, with effect from April 24, 2021. Justice Ramana is scheduled to retire on August 26, 2022. It may be recalled that in March incumbent Chief Justice of India Justice SA Bobde had recommended Justice Ramana as his successor. CJI Bobde is due to retire on April 23. Justice Ramana was born on August 27, 1957, in Ponnavaram village of Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district. He got enrolled as an advocate on February 10, 1983.
Justice Ramana was appointed as a judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on June 27, 2000 and discharged his duties as acting Chief Justice from March 10, 2013, to May 20, 2013. Justice Ramana was appointed the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court on September 2, 2013, and later as a judge of the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014.

Justice Ramana is very experienced hand and has been part of several historic cases and judgments. Justice Ramana was also part of the bench that passed the order in 2020 to restore internet access in Jammu and Kashmir after the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370, and the judgment where it was ruled by the SC that the value of a work done by woman at home was not less than that of the husband in the office.


Before joining law Ramana worked as a journalist for a regional newspaper for two years. He was enrolled at the Bar in 1983. He enrolled as a lawyer on 10 Feb, 1983 and started practicing in the Andhra Pradesh High Court. He became the permanent Judge of Andhra Pradesh High court on 27 June 2000. On 2 September 2013, he was made the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court and on 17 February 2014 he became a judge in the Supreme Court of India.

He enrolled as an advocate on February 10, 1983. He has practiced in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, Central and Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunals and the Supreme Court of India in Civil, Criminal, Constitutional, Labour, Service and Election matters. He has specialized in Constitutional, Criminal, Service and Inter-State River laws. He has also functioned as Panel Counsel for various Government Organisations.