ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Assessing Justice N V Ramana’s Term as CJI

This article analyses the track record of Justice N V Ramana as the Chief Justice of India on the metrics of judicial appointments, progress on major constitutional challenges, and transparency in the exercise of the CJI’s prerogative as the master of roster. The article argues that on these metrics, there was only marginal improvement over the track record of his immediate predecessors.

Justice N V Ramana took over the reins of the Supreme Court at a time when it was being seen as increasingly transforming itself into an executive court. These included stalemates within the collegium over judicial appointments, the opaque manner of the exercise of the chief justices prerogative as the master of roster; and keeping pending constitutional matters in which the political executive had vital stakes. It is, then, worthwhile to examine where Justice Ramana has left the Court on these parameters, after completing his term as the Chief Justice of India (CJI).

Judicial Appointments

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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