From farmer’s family to CJI: Justice NV Ramana’s life and career

Justice NV Ramana on Tuesday during this week was appointed 48th Chief Justice of India (CJI) by President Ram Nath Kovind. Outgoing CJI Sharad Arvind Bobde, who retired on April 23, praised Judge Ramana’s name as his successor, which the President appropriately accepted. On April 24, the next CJI will be sworn in and will have until August 26, 2022.

Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana’s ten-year career in law saw him working in at least two high courts, the Supreme Court, several administrative courts, and representatives of various government agencies, focusing on law, crime, labor and middle river laws. He also served as an acting judge of the Andhra Pradesh Supreme Court and as a high court judge in the Delhi High Court, before being appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of India.

From farmer's family to CJI: Justice NV Ramana's life and career
From farmer’s family to CJI: Justice NV Ramana’s life and career

Born into an agricultural family, he began to represent in ’83

UNV Ramana was born into an agricultural family on August 27, 1957, in the village of Ponnavaram in the Krishna region of Andhra Pradesh. Before becoming a full-time lawyer Ramana worked as a journalist for the leading Telugu newspaper for a while. He registered as a lawyer in 1983 and worked for the high court in Andhra Pradesh, Central and Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunals and the Supreme Court of India in civil, criminal, constitutional, labor, labor and electoral matters.

Later, Justice Ramana served as an additional attorney for the central government, an independent Indian Railways attorney at the Central Administrative Tribunal in Hyderabad, and an additional attorney general for Andhra Pradesh. In the summer of 2000, he was appointed as a permanent judge of the Andhra Pradesh Supreme Court, where he held his position before serving as acting judge for two months in 2013. He was transferred to Delhi as a jury before he filed a Supreme Court case on September 2, later that year.

The function of the Supreme Court

NV Ramana has been a judge in the Supreme Court back since February 17, 2014. He has also served as the chief chair of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) since November 27, 2019. On April 6, 2021 (Tuesday), letter of appointment as CJI was granted by Judge Ramana by secretary of the Department of Justice. As Chief Justice of India, he was to serve for 16 months and will expire on August 26, 2022.

Raising an online ban on Jammu and Kashmir

As Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Ramana issued several major decisions, the most important of which was to end the year-long internet ban in Jammu and Kashmir in 2020 following the repeal of the Article 370 of the Constitution back in August 2019. Internet bans in Jammu and Kashmir are not just violations of telecommunications laws but also with the freedom of speech and expression provided by the Constitution, Justice Ramana has lifted restrictions on internet access in the district, according to an ANI report.

To bring the CJI office under the auspices of the RTI

In a major publicity stunt, Judge Ramana, in another crucial decision, brought the office of the Chief Justice of India under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Examination in Maharashtra In addition to these landmark judgments, Judge NV Ramana also ruled in favor of the Maharashtra Legislative Council, paving the way for the abolition of ‘horse trade’ during the 2019 Maharashtra political crisis, when Shiv Sena, the BJP, and the National Congress Party and others tried to form a national government.

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