Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana will retire today after 16 months as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India. He is the 48th Chief Justice of India.
As per NV Ramana’s recommendation, his successor will be Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, who will take over as Chief Justice from tomorrow, August 27. Judge Lalit, however, will have a mandate of three months.
CJI Ramana’s ceremonial bench proceedings are being streamed live, a first for the Supreme Court. As per custom, the outgoing Chief Justice of India shares the bench with the next Chief Justice of India on the last working day. Today, CJI Ramana will share the bench with CJI nominees Justice UU Lalit and Justice Hima Kohli.
How is the tenure of the CJI decided? A Supreme Court judge retires at the age of 65. This means that the judge can hold office until he reaches the required retirement age.
Take a look at previous Chief Justices and their tenure:
CJI NV Ramana’s Career as a Judge:
Notable cases: During his eight-year tenure as a judge of the High Court and Supreme Court of India, NV Ramana sat on 657 benches and delivered 174 judgments. Among all types of cases, he has the maximum seat as a Judge for criminal cases.
CJI Ramana is known for his famous speeches and strong observations. Some of them are:
The media have great challenges in reporting. I was a journalist for a short time. At that time we didn’t have cars or bicycles… Thus, I also encountered difficulties as a journalist.
The CJI said this when NALSA was launched in May 2021. Ramana started his career as a journalist and worked from 1979 to 1980. Eenadu newspaper.
The process of appointing judges is sacred and has a certain dignity.
(while supporting the college system)
It is a colonial law and it was used by the British and they suppressed freedoms and they used it against Mahatma Gandhi Bal, Gangadhar Tilak. Is this law still needed 75 years after Independence? Our concern is the misuse of the law and the lack of executive accountability.
(This was the observation made by Ramana during the Sedition Act trial. The judgment of the case is pending.)
Every action of the Government and the Parliament must pass the Constitutional collection and the duty of guaranteeing this has been left to the judiciary, through the power of judicial control.
(Ramana said in the fifth Sri Lavu Venkateswarlu Endowment Lecture, Siddhartha Law College, Vijayawada).