On the 6th April 2021, the President of India appointed Justice N.V. Ramana as the next Chief Justice of the biggest Democracy of the World.
On 24 April 2021, Justice N V Ramana took oath as the 48th Chief Justice of India. He will remain in office till 26th August 2022.
Born in 1957 in Andhra Pradesh, to a family of Agriculturists, Justice Ramana has many prominent events in his life. A prominent position held by him was that of a Student Leader in the 1975 Emergency, at just 18 years old. He even lost an academic year during his days as a student activist. During this, he worked for farmers and Industrial works too. He later worked as a journalist for a local newspaper for 2 years until enrolling as an advocate in 1983. He is a first-generation lawyer in his family.
As a lawyer, Justice Ramana practiced in the Andhra Pradesh High Court as well as many Central and State tribunals. Throughout his career as a Lawyer, he practiced in Civil, Criminal, Constitutional, Labour, Service and Election matters. He also specialized in Constitutional, Criminal, Service and Inter-State River laws. He was Panel Counsel for various Government Organizations and functioned as Additional Standing Counsel for Central Government and Standing Counsel for Railways in the Central Administrative Tribunal at Hyderabad. Before his elevation to the Apex Court in 2014, he held the position of Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
Justice Ramana is also the Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority, through which he has managed to make India’s legal-aid programme the largest in the world, where legal-aid is not only provided on the basis of ‘means test’ rather on basis of fixed categories. He has said that one of his primary objectives is to improve the judicial infrastructure of India, by creating the ‘National Judicial Infrastructure Corporation’ to act as a nodal agency.
As a judge of the Apex Court since 2014, Justice Ramana has been a part of many landmark cases. He was a member of the 5-judge bench of the SC which declined the plea to refer the matter of abrogation of Art.370 to a larger constitutional bench.
He also held that the access to internet is a fundamental right while taking up the case regarding cutting internet access in the state of Jammu & Kashmir after it lost its special status in 2019.
He was also a part of the Nirbhaya case, where the Supreme Court dismissed the plea of accused Pawan Kumar Gupta, thus making way for his execution.
Justice Ramana was also a part of the judgement which impressed many in the country, which said that a woman doing housework is no less than her husband’s office work, and she must be paid for it. This embedded a crucial idea in the minds of citizens, the value of a woman’s housework.
The Nation is eagerly waiting to see the future of its under CJI N.V. Ramana. A wise person, with a vast experience of 45+ years, contributing on important topics of rights, empowerment, justice and judicial accessibility, is definitely expected to deliver more landmark judgements and possibly a new and improved wave in the Indian Judiciary.
Rajat Rajan Singh
Advocate at Allahabad High Court Lucknow
Editor in Chief at Law Trend
Sai Kulkarni- Intern