Who is Justice NV Ramana?
Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana or NV Ramana was born on 27 August 1957 and is an Indian judge, who is serving as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India and has been appointed as the 48th Chief Justice of India. He will take charge on 24 April 2021 and has a term till 26 August 2022, with a tenure of 8 years in the Supreme Court of India.
Previously, he was the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court and the acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court. He has also served as the president of the Andhra Pradesh Judicial Academy.
He was born in a Telugu-speaking family on 27 August 1957 in Ponnavaram village in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. As a student leader, he fought for civil liberties during the nationwide Emergency in 1975 while sacrificing an academic year.
CJI NV Ramana Personal Life:
Full Name: Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana
Age: 63 years
Date of Birth: 27th August 1957
Place of Birth: Ponnavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
Salary: Approximately Rs. 2,80,000
Allegations of corruption
In October 2020, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote to the Chief Justice of India, alleging that Ramana and his relatives had engaged in corruption in relation to the acquisition of land in Amravati, and was attempting to destabilize his government in by allegedly influencing hearings and decisions in the Andhra Pradesh High Court. He asked the Chief Justice to investigate the matter and take appropriate action. The letter was widely reported and provoked both, support for an investigation as well as opposition from judges and lawyers’ bodies.
The Delhi High Court Bar Association condemned the letter, and the All India Lawyers’ Union called for an inquiry, with penalties to be imposed on Reddy if the allegations were found to be untrue. Following the release of the letter, Ramana spoke at an event to release a book by former Supreme Court judge R. Banumathi, stating that judges had become “soft targets for criticism” and “victims of juicy gossip and slanderous social media posts.”
The Andhra Pradesh High Court had, in September 2020, gagged the media from reporting on the registration of a case of corruption concerning land deals in Amravati against several persons, including Ramana’s daughters. The gag order was later lifted by the Supreme Court, after hearing the advocates on merits however Supreme Court continued the stay on investigation in November 2020.
In November 2020, the Attorney General of India, K.K. Venugopal refused to grant permission for proceedings of contempt of court against Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy after he was requested to do so by BJP leader Aswini Kumar Upadhyay. He noted that the comments were “contumacious” and that the timing of his letter was “suspect” as the Andhra Pradesh High Court was currently hearing a number of cases concerning allegations of corruption against Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government; however, he stated that he would not be allowing a contempt case to proceed against Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy at the Supreme Court for his statements about Ramana.
The Attorney General also declined a second request to initiate contempt proceedings, stating that the Court was free to initiate proceedings by itself.
In November 2020, three petitions were filed at the Supreme Court of India against Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy for the allegations made in his letter, calling for his removal as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Supreme Court Judge U.U. Lalit recused himself from hearing these petitions, and they are currently pending. The Supreme Court dismissed the allegations against Ramana as “meritless”.