Justice NV Ramana has been sworn in as the 48th Chief Justice of India (CJI).
President of India, Ram Nath Koving administered the oath of office to Justice Ramana at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan at 11 AM today.
Justice Ramana took over from former CJI SA Bobde who retired from office on Friday.
Justice Ramana takes over at a time when the judiciary is going back to a virtual mode, due to the second wave of Covid-19, and is entrusted with ensuring un-interrupted access to justice. As Chairperson of the National Legal Services Authority, Justice Ramana led efforts to ensure training to lawyers and litigants to adapt to e-courts during the pandemic.
The ceremony to administer the oath of office, held as per COVID-19 protocol, was attended by Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, among others.
Justice Ramana is the first judge from Andhra Pradesh High Court to be the Chief Justice of India.
Justice Ramana will have a tenure of 1 year 4 months as CJI and will demit office on August 26, 2022.
Justice Ramana was born on August 27, 1957 to agriculturist parents in Ponnavaram Village situated in Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh.
During his student days, Justice Ramana was known for his activist outlook involving himself in issues concerning farmers and industrial workers.
Incidentally, he began his career as a journalist for a leading Telugu newspaper for a brief time before turning to legal practice.
He enrolled as a lawyer on February 10, 1983 and practiced before the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, Central and Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunals, and the Supreme Court of India.