Justice NV Ramana, on his appointment, will become the 48th Chief Justice of India and he will have a long tenure as CJI for over 16 months.
Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, set to retire next month on April 23, has recommended Justice NV Ramana as his successor for the top job.
Justice Bobde recommended Justice Ramana’s name in his letter to the Law Ministry.
The centre, last week, had asked the incumbent Chief Justice to recommend his successor. Ravi Shankar Prasad, the union law minister, had sent a letter to Justice Bobde, seeking his recommendation, as is the practice under the Memorandum of Procedure for Appointment of Chief Justice of India.
The senior most judge after the CJI, according to the protocol for the appointment of members of the higher judiciary, is entitled to hold this constitutional office. He should also be “considered fit to hold the office”.
The procedure, however, requires the law minister to seek the recommendation of the outgoing CJI “at the appropriate time” for appointing the next Chief Justice of India.
A month before the vacancy arises, the recommendation letter has to come around. Justice NV Ramana, on his appointment, will become the 48th Chief Justice of India and he will have a long tenure as CJI for over 16 months.