5 Landmark Judgments of Justice N V Ramana, the next CJI

Justice N V Ramana is set to take charge as the next Chief Justice of India on the 24th of April. He will take charge as the 48th Chief Justice of India.

Justice N V Ramana has been Supreme Court Justice for the last 7 years. Before joining the apex court, Justice Ramana was the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court and the acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court. He also served as the president of the Andhra Pradesh Judicial Academy. 

He has also served as an executive chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA). Under his chairmanship, a campaign to empower women by making them aware of their legal rights was taken up in the year 2020.

Here are 5 landmark Judgments given by Justice N V Ramana:

1. Lata Wadhwa Vs State of Bihar, 2001:

In the Lata Wadhwa case, the issue of compensation for victims of a fire during a function had been dealt with. It was ruled by the bench comprising of Justice N V Ramana that compensation should be granted to housewives on the basis of services rendered by them in the house. It was observed by the bench that the value of a woman’s work at home was no less than that of her office-going husband.

2. Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India, 2020 & Foundations for Media Professionals v. Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, 2020:

In both cases, a three-judge bench of NV Ramana, R Subhash Reddy, and BR Gavai had dealt with the issue of internet ban in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The bench had directed the Jammu & Kashmir administration to review all orders imposing curbs on telecom and internet services in the state in a week and put them in the public domain. The Important Issue of whether the Internet is a fundamental right under the freedom of expression was discussed in both these cases.

3. Nabam Rebia, and Bamang Felix v. Deputy Speaker, 2016:

In this case, a five-judge bench comprising of Justice N V Ramana had quashed the order of the Governor, advancing the 6th session of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly by a month without consulting the Chief Minister, Council of Ministers, or the Speaker. The bench had noted that the order of the governor was violative of Article 163 read with Article 174.

4.  Jindal Stainless Ltd v. the State of Haryana, 2017:

It was an important case that involved the issue of Power conferred upon the states to formulate their own taxation policies. Jindal Stainless Ltd had challenged the validity of the entry tax imposed by the States on goods imported from other States. The case was referred to a 9-Judge bench which observed with a 7:2 majority that the States are well within their right to design their fiscal legislations.

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5. Central Public Information Officer v. Subhash Chandra Agarwal, 2019:

A five-judge Constitution Bench of Ranjan Gogoi, NV Ramana, DY Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta, and Sanjiv Khanna, had observed that the office of the Chief Justice of India comes under the purview of the Right to Information. The judgment plays an important role in the history of the Right To Information Act. It was also an important step in bringing transparency to the Judiciary.

Edited by-

Rajat Rajan Singh

Advocate at Allahabad High Court

Editor-in-Chief at Law Trend

Written by:

Harshwardhan Pawar – Intern

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