New Delhi: Chief Justice S.A. Bobde has recommended to the Centre to appoint Justice N.V. Ramana as the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Bobde will retire on April 23.
Justice Ramana was appointed to the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014.
According to a source familiar with the development, Chief Justice Bobde sent a letter to the Centre confirming Justice Ramana as the next Chief Justice. Justice Ramana will have a tenure of over 16 months as the Chief Justice. He will be the 48th Chief Justice of India
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had sent a letter to Justice Bobde seeking his recommendation. The government had asked the incumbent Chief Justice to recommend his successor.As per norms, a written communication from the incumbent Chief Justice is sent a month before his retirement.
As per the Memorandum of Procedure governing the appointment of members of the higher judiciary, "appointment to the office of the Chief Justice of India should be of the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court considered fit to hold the office".
Justice Ramana is scheduled to take over charge as the next Chief Justice of India on April 24. He is set to retire on August 26, 2022.