Chief Justice NV Ramana is a “good judge and a good person,” Attorney General Tushar Mehta said on Saturday at an event organized by the Bar Association of India. “I know the Chief Justice of India not only as a judge, but also as a person… He is good at both,” Mehta said.
The government’s top lawyer praised the chief justice and also said: “CJI Ramana is not a God-fearing person, but a God-loving person. He is also legally brilliant and impartial. He is the”karta‘, or ‘one who acts,’ from our family of lawyers.”
On a lighter note, Mr Mehta also took a self-deprecation in the legal community, saying he owed the Chief Justice an apology – in reference to a speech by Bar Council of India chairman MK Mishra.
“While the post was intended to congratulate the judge… The BCI president gave a lengthy speech on lawyers’ grievances (during the pandemic)… we lawyers have a habit of praying for relief, or we’re in the courtroom or in an auditorium now,” he said.
“But I would nevertheless urge you to consider those requests,” he said to the chief justice, jokingly.
NV Ramana was appointed Chief Justice of India in April, following the tenure of then Chief Justice SA Bobde, who had recommended Chief Justice Ramana as his successor.
Born on August 27, 1957, to an agricultural family in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, Chief Justice Ramana, 63, will serve as the country’s highest judge until August 26 next year.
He is the second Chief Justice of India from Andhra Pradesh; Justice K Subba Rao was the ninth Chief Justice of India from 1966-67.