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CJI Justice NV Ramana: Son of humble agriculturist who touched new heights in judiciary

Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Raman has dealt with many high profile cases in the Supreme Court including abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, restoring  internet in the Valley, the restoration of the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh and the Right to Information Act.

Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana, sworn in as the 48th Chief Justice of India, is son Nuthalapati Ganapathi Rao and Sarojini who are humble agriculturists.

He has taken over at a crucial time when the judiciary is going back to a virtual mode, owing to the second wave of pandemic.

Sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind at a brief ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, Justice Ramana will retire on August 26, 2022.

He was born on August 27, 1957 in Ponnavaram of Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh and is the youngest of three siblings.

He briefly worked as a journalist for Telugu newspaper Eenadu, then as a first generation lawyer and enrolled as an advocate and set up practice in Vijaywada in 1983.

As Chairperson of the National Legal Services Authority, Justice Ramana imparted training to lawyers and litigants to adapt to e-courts during the pandemic.

He has dealt with several-high profile cases in the Supreme Court related to the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, restoration of internet in the Valley, the restoration of the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh and the Right to Information Act.

Justice Ramana was appointed as a permanent judge of the Andhra Pradesh high court in June 2000. He has also served as the acting Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh high court for a brief period between March and May 2013.

Thereafter, he was appointed as the Chief Justice of Delhi high court in September the same year, before being appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court in February 2014.

Justice Ramana, 63, was part of a bench that ruled that suspension of the Internet in Jammu and Kashmir should be reviewed at the earliest. He was also part of the panel of judges which held that the Chief Justice’s office comes under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

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