New Delhi: Chief Justice of India SA Bobde on Wednesday recommended Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana as his successor and and the 48th CJI. The decision comes after government last week had asked him to recommend his successor as per tradition. The CJI reportedly sent a letter to the Centre in which he recommended the appointment of senior-most Supreme Court Judge Justice NV Ramana as his successor. As per the convention, a CJI is required to formally send in a request to this effect at least a month prior to demitting office.Also Read - SA Bobde Retirement: For First Time in 5 Years, CJI May Demit Office Without Successor. Here's Why
Notably, Bobde was sworn in as the 47th chief justice of India on November 18, 2019 after succeeding Ranjan Gogoi. Justice Bobde is set to retire on April 23.
Who is NV Ramana?
Born on August 27, 1957, NV Ramana is the most senior judge in the Supreme Court after the Chief Justice Bobde. If his name is approved as the next CJI, he will have a one-year-and-four-month term to serve till August 26, 2022.
Interestingly, he will also be the first judge from Andhra Pradesh high court to serve as the Chief Justice of India.