Justice N.V. Ramana was on Saturday sworn in as the 48th Chief Justice of India (CJI) by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
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 will have a tenure of one year and four months as CJI and will demit office on August 26, 2022.
After Justice K. Subba Rao, Justice Ramana is the second CJI from Andhra Pradesh.
He practised at the Andhra Pradesh High Court, Central and A.P. Administrative Tribunals and the Supreme Court before being appointed permanent Judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on June 27, 2000.
He functioned as acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court between March 10 and May 20, 2013, and was elevated as the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court on September 2, 2013. He was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014.
Born to agriculturist parents in 1957, Justice Ramana was known for his activism regarding issues involving farmers and industrial workers. Before turning to legal practice, he was a journalist with a prominent Telugu newspaper