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Only three CMs supported my demand, says Justice Ramana


Chief Justice of India, Justice N V Ramana thanked three chief ministers in the country for standing by him in asking the Central government to bear expenses of building new courts.

Speaking at a meeting after inaugurating the court complex in Vijayawada on Saturday, the chief justice said that the judiciary was facing problems of infrastructure and shortage of judges. He said he was able to fill a maximum number of judges both to the supreme court and the state high courts.

However, he said that several states require better buildings for the courts from the civil courts to the high courts. He said that the states were facing financial problems while some states were having revenue deficits. It is for this reason, he had asked the Central government to bear the expenses.

Justice Ramana said that the Central government had reacted adversely to his suggestion while three chief ministers have backed him. He said that the chief ministers of West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, have supported his demand.

The chief justice thanked West Bengal chief minister Mamatha Benerji, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin for their support. He felt that their support mattered a lot to him in providing infrastructure to the judiciary in the states.

Later in the day, the chief justice also received an honorary doctorate from Acharya Nagarjuna University. He delivered a convocation address in the University where he asked the students to have responsibility towards the society and do justice to the neglected sections.

The Chief Justice also attended the lunch offered by the state government, where chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy felicitated Justice Ramana and Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan.

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Loss of faith in judiciary will endanger democracy: CJI Ramana

Chief Justice of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana on Saturday said that if people lose faith and trust in the judiciary, the very survival of democracy will be at stake.

Justice Ramana, who is scheduled to demit office next week, said it was necessary to ensure that people do not lose faith and trust in the judiciary.

“If the people lose the faith and trust in judiciary and if the judiciary collapses, the very survival of democracy will be at stake,” the CJI said.

Justice Ramana was speaking after inaugurating Vijayawada Court Complex here in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court Prashant Kumar Mishra, judges of the high court and other courts.

He said during his tenure as the Chief Justice, he focused on filling up vacancies of judges and as many as 250 high court judges were appointed.

The CJI said filling up the vacancies of judges and improving infrastructure were the two issues on top of his agenda during his tenure of one-and-half years.

He said during his tenure as the CJI, 250 high court judges were appointed. Twelve judges to the Supreme Court and 15 chief justices of various state high courts were also appointed.

The CJI said he ensured all sections of society, especially women and backward sections get proper representation in the judiciary.

He said he spoke on the filling up of vacancies of judges and improving infrastructure in courts across the country and raised the issue with the Prime Minister, Central Ministers, Chief Ministers and Chief Justices.

In view of the financial problems faced by some states, he wanted the Centre to provide funds to the state for construction of court buildings.

“Though there was some opposition from the Centre, some Chief Ministers, especially of West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, supported me and demanded that the Centre provide the funds. I thank them for their support,” he said.

Justice Ramana observed that high pendency of cases is the main problem faced by the judiciary in the county and there are many reasons for that.

He reminded judges and lawyers that ensuring speedy justice is their responsibility. Stating that the ultimate aim of judiciary is to deliver justice to people, he advised them to ensure speedy justice within the shortest possible time.

He advised lawyers to extend all support to various initiatives to strengthen the judiciary and also recalled the days when he served as a member of Vijayawada Bar Association in 1983.

He said it was Justice K.G. Shankar advised him to go to Hyderabad. He also recalled his association with eminent criminal lawyer Ayyappu Reddy, who was also known for his love for literature and active politics.

“I worked as a junior to him for 10 years and he treated me like his son,” said Justice Ramana.

The CJI thanked all those who helped him to reach the top position. He advised lawyers to encourage their juniors.

“You have a responsibility. You enjoy a respectable position in the society, which is looking at you. You should be role models for a change in society,” he said.

The CJI said he was pleased to inaugurate the building for which he had laid the foundation stone nearly a decade ago.

Justice Ramana said while bifurcation of the state was one reason for the delay in construction, the governments could not release funds on time due to financial problems and contractors could not execute the work properly.

He noted that the cost of the eight-storey building had gone up from Rs 58 crore to Rs 100 crore. He said building alone was not enough and advised judges and lawyers to use the building effectively.

He said during his tenure as the CJI, several high court judges were appointed in both the Telugu states Stating that there are some vacancies, he asked the chief minister and chief justice to work for filling the same.

He also stated that after bifurcation, there is a feeling in Andhra Pradesh that the state had become economically weak and lagging in other sectors. While observing that this is correct to some extent, he hoped that people would work hard to uplift the state as one of the progressive states.

The CJI said the Centre should extend the financial support to the state.

Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy assured the judiciary that his government would extend all possible support to its initiatives.

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Chief Justice of India Justice NV Ramana offered prayers at Srivari Temple, Tirumala Tirupati on Friday, along with his family members.

He was received with temple honours at Maha Dwaram by TTD chairman YV Subba Reddy and state deputy CM Narayana Swamy.

After Srivari Darshan he was presented Veda Ashirvachanam followed by Srivari thirtha Prasadam.

Telangana high court Chief Justice Ujjwal Bhuyan, TTD EO AV Dharma Reddy, CVSO Narasimha Kishore, Temple EO Ramesh Babu were present.

Justice Ramana will be inaugurating newly constructed court buildings in Amaravati tomorrow, in which AP CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and others will participate.

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AP also gives honorary doctorate to Justice Ramana


Chief Justice of India, Justice N V Ramana, has some good news from the Andhra Pradesh government. As he is scheduled to retire on August 26, the Telugu States are showering and rewarding him with honorary doctorates.

The Telangana state had grabbed the first chance where Osmania University had conferred honorary doctorate on Justice Ramana, early this month. Justice Ramana had attended the annual convocation of the Osmania University and delivered a convocation lecture.

It is now the turn of Andhra Pradesh, his home state to honour him, before he steps down from the office that he is holding. In fact, he is the second Telugu judge to have scaled up the top post in the country. The first Telugu judge to occupy the top seat was Justice Koka Subba Rao in 1966-67.

To be specific, Justice Ramana is the first judge representing the Andhra Pradesh high court to become the chief justice of India. He was given a civic reception last year when he reached his home town Nandigama in NTR district. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy met him and hosted high tea in honour of Justice Ramana on the last Christmas day.

Now, Acharya Nagarjuna University has announced honorary doctorate to Justice Ramana. He would be receiving the honour at the University convocation on August 20. He would also visit Vijayawada on the next day to inaugurate the new civil courts complex on August 21.

The state government is making all arrangements to receive Justice Ramana for the second time as the Chief Justice of India. However, it is to be seen whether the chief minister would meet Justice Ramana this time or not.

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Global culture a threat to local culture, identities: CJI


Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana said on Friday that global culture is emerging as a threat to local culture, symbols, and identities.

In his address at the 82nd convocation of Osmania University here, he noted that driven by the winds of globalisation, people are moving towards global culture and as this engulfs the world, the need of sustaining diversity assumes greater significance.

“The social media, television and pop culture glamourised a particular way of life and sadly, we are blindly aping the same. Instead of celebrating our distinct heritage and culture, we are allowing our rich identities to be blurred,” he said.

The CJI pointed out that with rapid globalisation and massive developments in science and technology, several cultures and identities are interacting with each other with increased frequency.

He said while his observations should not be taken as criticism of globalisation per se, the prevalent issues definitely prove that something has gone wrong with the present model of globalisation.

“Although we have made significant achievements, our societies are becoming increasingly divided over access to wealth and resources,” he observed.

Quoting the 2021 UNESCO World Report of Languages, the Chief Justice said half of the approximately 7,000 languages spoken in the world today could disappear by the end of the century and with loss of each language, people are not only losing considerable literature and folklore, but also losing wisdom inherited through generations.

He also noted that globalisation also significantly impacted genetic diversity. “We are witnessing rapid loss of crop varieties, wild species and indigenous livestock,” he said.

As the market is driven by demands of the global economy, more and more farmers are moving beyond indigenous crops for short-term gains and this change in cropping pattern is altering the character of soils, thereby reducing its capacity to support biodiversity.

Similarly, climate change and environmental pollution are also affecting the wild varieties resulting in a huge ecological imbalance, he said.

He pointed out that another aspect of globalisation is its impact on local handicrafts and artisans. “With global brands flooding the markets, with mass produced designs and products, the local artisans are pushed to the corner,” he said.

He called for all institutions to introduce a subject on the basic ideas about the Constitution and governance, irrespective of the stream of learning. He observed that there is a need for simplifying the ideas of the Constitution for everyone’s understanding and empowerment

The CJI believes true education is what nurtures true impulses and independent thinking. He advised the youth to dive deep and bring transformation from within instead of being prisoners of status quo.

Chief Justice Ramana, who was conferred Honoris Causa doctorate by Osmania University, recalled his memories with the varsity during his student days though he did not study in the institution.

“Initially in my student days, I aspired to join law at Osmania University. Although I could not join law formally, I stayed here with friends in hostel rooms and attended many classes in law and linguistics. I have a lot of warm memories of Osmania University,” he said.

He said Osmania University is one of those institutions where political participation and scholarly pursuits went hand-in-hand and it has produced one of the most remarkable Prime Ministers and statesmen of modern India in the form of P.V. Narasimha Rao.

He said the university contributed to fine governance by producing many Chief Ministers and cabinet ministers including incumbent Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan and Osmania University Vice Chancellor Professor D. Ravinder also spoke.

A total of 55 gold medals and 260 doctoral degrees were awarded at the convocation.

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Justice Ramana names the next CJI, sends name to Govt


Chief Justice of India, Justice N V Ramana had recommended the name of his successor to the Central government. He had recommended the name of Justice U U Lalith as the next chief justice. The name was sent to the Central government which is expected to forward the same to the President for her clearance.

Justice Ramana is scheduled for retirement on August 26, 2022. The Central government had asked Justice Ramana to recommend his successor. As the set precedent, Justice Ramana had recommended the name of the senior most judge of the supreme court to be the next chief justice.

Justice Lalith would take over as the chief justice of the supreme court on August 27. Justice Uday Umesh Lalith was appointed as judge of the supreme court directly from the Bar. Before appointment as judge of supreme court, he was practicing as an advocate in the Apex court.

Justice Lalith would be in office as the chief justice till November 8, 2022. As the formal representation was sent naming Justice Lalith as the next chief justice, the government would forward the same to the President for her consent.

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CJI opens special courts for red sanders cases


Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana on Thursday inaugurated two special courts constituted to deal with red sanders cases.

The special courts have come up at the Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA) complex in the temple town.

The CJI inaugurated Judicial Magistrate of First Class Court and a District Court.

These are the first special courts set up in the state to deal with red sanders smuggling cases. The courts will help in the speedy disposal of the cases.

This region bordering Tamil Nadu is notorious for red sander smuggling. The rise in smuggling cases has led to large pendency of the cases and keeping this in view the state government took the initiative to set up special courts.

The chief justice later addressed a conference of district judges at SV University. He also inaugurated birth centenary celebrations of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. T. Rama Rao.

Justice Ramana paid rich tributes to NTR, as the former chief minister was popularly known. He said three letters NTR gives immense power to Telugu-speaking people.

The CJI said NTR was a leader who knew people’s pulse and he implemented several schemes for the welfare of people.

He said NTR formed the party not for his own interests but to serve the people. NTR always believed that the political party should have an ideology, policies and discipline. The CJI said after his retirement he plans to write a book on NTR.

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Will judiciary respect the ‘Lakshman Rekha’?


Chief Justice of India, Justice N V Ramana, said that there is a Lakshman Rekha for which the judges should be mindful of it. He drew a clear line among the three key organs of democracy and wanted every organ to respect the other.

The chief justice spoke at the National Judicial Infrastructure Authority of India conference in Delhi on Saturday. The conference was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was attended by the chief ministers and the chief justices of various states.

The chief justice also emphasised the need to have harmonious functioning by judiciary, executive and legislature. Justice Ramana asserted that the judiciary should never interfere with the functioning of the legislature.

Interestingly, when he made these comments, chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and chief justice of Andhra Pradesh high court Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra were present. There has been a clash between the judiciary and legislature in Andhra Pradesh in the recent past, which has triggered debate in the country.

The high court had observed that the legislature has no competence power to make laws on the capital. This observation from the high court came after hearing a batch of petitions on Amaravati to be continued as capital.

The court directed the State government to develop Amaravati as the capital city and set a deadline of six months.

These observations from the court drew serious debate in the legislature which was in the budget session. The Assembly passed a resolution reiterating its rights of making laws for the state within the limits of the constitution.

In this backdrop, Justice Ramana’s comments assume significance. It is to be seen how the AP high court would receive the comments from the Chief Justice of India.

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Focusing on filling up vacancies of judges, infrastructure: CJI


Chief Justice of India Justice N.V. Ramana on Friday said that the judiciary is overburdened and that he is giving priority to filling up vacancies of judges and improving infrastructure to deal with the backlog of cases.

He said after taking over as the CJI, he took up both these issues.

“The reason is access to justice is possible only when we provide sufficient number of courts as well as infrastructure so that litigant public can approach the institution for justice,” he said at the inaugural session of two-day conference of judicial officers of Telangana here.

“Our judiciary is overburdened. It is an admitted fact and there is no dispute that pendency has increased in courts and the reasons are hundreds. In these circumstances, the feeling is that once you go to court. how many years will it take for the result. It’s a big question mark. With the hierarchy of the appeal system in the country, it takes more time,” he observed.

“That’s why I felt it necessary to appoint as many judges as possible. I don’t want to keep even one vacancy in high courts or Supreme Court or district judiciary and also strengthen the system,” he added.

Chief Justice Ramana said a detailed survey by the Supreme Court registry in different parts of the country found that infrastructure in courts is very inadequate and he requested the Centre to strengthen it.

He urged the judges to come out of fear of pandemic. “Please make sincere efforts to spend extra time in courts, beyond regular court hours,” he said and exuded confidence that the judges would do their bit to deal with the backlog.

He told them without improving the internal efficacy of the system, the goal can’t be achieved.

“Targeted action and effective case management can make a big difference,” he said and advised judges to use alternate dispute resolution methods whenever possible.

The CJI exhorted judicial officers to perform their judicial duties without any fear.

“I am aware of the increasing physical attacks on judges. I am doing my utmost to prevent such occurrences. Directions were issued to improve security of judicial officers both inside and outside courts,” he said.

He requested judicial officers to create a congenial environment for litigants who would be under a lot of stress.

“Always remember the human aspect of the dispute. Law cannot be far from equity. It is important to project the human face of the judiciary whenever you have scope for invoking your discretion. You must sensitise yourself to different vulnerabilities of the parties like minors, women, persons belonging to weaker sections of the society, persons with disabilities etc. They might all have different requirements. Treat everyone with respect.”

He told the judges that the role they play is highly significant in the Constitutional scheme.

“Apply your mind independently on the materials presented before you. For instance, the requirements of criminal procedure code are not mere formalities. They are all important checks on executive excesses and represent substantive rights of the accused.”

He pointed out that the law is constantly changing. High courts and Supreme Court give numerous pronouncements on diverse subjects daily, legislations are passed, guidelines and circulars are published frequently.

“You must keep yourself updated. Learning in this field never stops. Only when you are aware about changing law and precedents, you will be able to use the same to cases before you and ensure justice.”

Chief Justice Ramana said after he took over as CJI, he cleared the file pending for two years to increase the number of judges of the Telangana High Court from 24 to 42.

All praise for Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for sanctioning 4,320 posts in the judiciary, he said at a time when governments were doing away with government jobs and making appointments only on contract basis, this was not a mean achievement.

The CJI also hailed the Chief Minister for translating his dream of setting up International Arbitration and Mediation Centre (IAMC) in Hyderabad a reality. He noted that with several global companies located in Hyderabad, the centre will ensure early resolution of disputes and thus contribute to strengthening of the economy.

Noting that demands are also coming from Maharashtra and other states to set up arbitration and mediation centres, he suggested that once IAMC at Hyderabad strengthens itself, franchise centres can come up in other states.

The Chief Minister thanked CJI for increasing the number of judges in Telangana High Court. He announced that the government will build residential quarters for all 42 judges of the High Court on 30-42 acres of land near Durgam Cheruvu in the Financial District and requested the CJI to lay foundation stone for the same.

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CJI lays foundation stone for IAMC building in Hyderabad


Chief Justice of India, N.V. Ramana on Saturday laid foundation stone for permanent building India’s first International Arbitration and Mediation Centre (IAMC).

The building of Hyderabad International Arbitration and Mediation Centre (HIAMC) is coming up behind IKEA in HITEC City on a piece of land allotted by the government of Telangana.

The CJI thanked government of Telangana and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for allocating valuable land in the heart of the city for HIAMC and Rs 50 crore for construction of the building.

Justice Ramana termed IAMC a “big” step in promoting arbitration and mediation in this part of the world. He said during the international arbitration conference to be held in Dubai on March 17-18, HIAMC will showcase their progress and functioning of the centre and hoped that this will help attract international arbitration to this centre.

The CJI hoped that IAMC Hyderabad will emerge as an arbitration and mediation centre on par with such centres in Dubai, London and Singapore.

Life trustee of the centre, Justice R.V. Raveendran, Supreme Court judges L. Nageswara Rao, Hima Kohli and judges from the Telangana High Court attended the event.

Telangana’s ministers Indrakaran Reddy, K. T. Rama Rao, Mahmood Ali, T. Srinivas Yadav, Srinivas Goud, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar were also present.

The centre was jointly inaugurated by CJI and the Chief Minister in December. The centre started functioning from 25,000 sq ft temporary accommodation at VK Towers in Gachibowli.

Those who empanel the centre include internationally acclaimed arbitrators and mediators from countries such as Singapore and the UK.

The CJI had then lauded Telangana government for the speed with which it launched the project. He recalled that he broached with the Chief Minister on June 12, 2021 during his first visit to Hyderabad. The trust deed was signed on August 20 and the MoU between the government and the trust was signed on October 27.

“The setting up of IAMC at Hyderabad is an important step towards enhancing the ADR landscape of the country. While arbitration centres have already been set up in India, most prominently in Delhi and Mumbai, domestic and international parties still appear to prefer to go to foreign countries for dispute resolution,” Ramana had said, as he exuded confidence that this trend will change with IAMC at Hyderabad.

“Domestic and international parties will increasingly come to this centre, which has world class facilities. Its location in Hyderabad will also be an attraction,” he had said.

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TTD Venkateshwara swamy will not spare anyone: CJI NV Ramana


Chief Justice of India Justice NV Ramana on Wednesday (today) made interesting observations on TTD Venkateshwara swamy while dealing with a petition on TTD.

A petitioner approached Supreme Court stating that TTD was not performing puja and rituals to Venkateshwara swamy as per Agama Shastra.

The petition came up for hearing before the bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana.

Justice NV Ramana said if the petitioner’s charges were true then Venkateshwara will not spare anyone who is violating Agama Shastra.

Justice Ramana said everyone knows how powerful Tirumala Venkateshwara Swamy is and he will punish those who violate Agama Shastra in performing pujas and other rituals to him.

Justice Ramana said he alone is the ardent devotee of Tirumala Venkateshwara Swamy.

He directed TTD to file a counter in this case and adjourned the case for the next week.

The petitioner had earlier filed this case in the AP High Court. However, the High Court dismissed his petition. With this, the petitioner filed a case in the Supreme Court.

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CJI recuses from hearing Krishna River dispute between AP, Telangana


Chief Justice N.V. Ramana on Wednesday recused himself from hearing the Krishna River water dispute between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, after the Andhra counsel said the matter will require legal adjudication as mediation did not work.

On Monday, Justice Ramana had indicated that he would not hear the plea by the AP government alleging that the Telangana government has deprived it of its legitimate share of water for drinking and irrigation purposes and termed it “unconstitutional and illegal”. Justice Ramana had said: “I don’t want to hear this matter legally. I belong to both the states. If the matter can be settled in mediation, please do that”. He told counsel of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments, “We can help with that. Otherwise, I will transfer this to another bench”. The top court had then listed the matter for further hearing on Wednesday.

The AP government on Wednesday informed the top court that it wants legal adjudication as matter could not be resolved through mediation. The Chief Justice recorded the submission of Andhra Pradesh that it does not want mediation to settle Krishna River water dispute and referred the matter to some other bench.

Andhra Pradesh, in its plea, submitted that Telangana is refusing to follow decisions taken in the apex council constituted under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014, directions of Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) constituted under this Act and directions of the Centre.

The plea cited that under Section 87(1) the board can exercise jurisdiction only in respect of such aspects as are notified by the Centre, but no such notification has been issued so far.

The plea argued that in view of no progress on notification of the jurisdiction of KRMB, Telangana by its acts of commission is seriously affecting the water supply to Andhra Pradesh for irrigation and other purposes.

The plea contended that in Srisailam Dam project, the reservoir’s quantity has seriously depleted on account of use of water there for generation of power in Telangana, which has been established by “daily readings” submitted by dam authorities. The Andhra government said this has caused immense hardship to its people, as availability of water has been seriously prejudiced by depletion in Srisailam Dam project as well as other projects such as the Nagarjuna Sagar Project and the Pulichintala Project.

“More significantly, State of Telangana is clearly in violation of a binding Award, popularly known as “Bachwat Award” made on 31.05.1976 and express provisions of the 2014 Act, whereby State of Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh,” the petition filed through advocate Mahfooz A. Nazki said.

The Andhra government argued that actions of the Telangana government are unconstitutional and in violation of right to life of its people.

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Justice NV Ramana to AP, TS: Settle Krishna water row through mediation


Chief Justice of India Justice NV Ramana today (Monday) advised Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments to settle Krishna water row between them through mediation and not through legal process.

The petition filed by AP government urging Supreme Court to direct Telangana government to stop hydel power generation at Srisailam project came up for hearing in Supreme Court today.

Supreme Court chief justice NV Ramana observed that confrontation between Telugu States is unnecessary.

He advised both the states to see that water row between them does not become a big problem and try to resolve the issue through talks or mediation before the situation comes out of their hands. He said the involvement of third-party in this issue is undesirable.

Justice Ramana said he belonged to both Telugu States and had earlier argued water cases of Undivided Andhra Pradesh in courts.

Justice Ramana said he will not comment on the legal issues involved in the petition filed by AP government.

He said if both the Telugu States still want to resolve this issue through legal process, he will shift the case to another bench for hearing.

AP’s lawyer Dushyant Dave told court that he will seek the opinion of AP government on this issue since the case involves political significance.

Justice Ramana adjourned the case to Wednesday.

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CJI visits Srisailam Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna temple


Chief Justice of India N. V. Ramana on Friday visited the Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy temple at Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district.

Accompanied by his wife, it was Ramana’s first visit to the temple on the banks of the Krishna river after being sworn in as the CJI.

Andhra Pradesh Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas, Kurnool Collector G. Veerapandian, Nandyala MP Pocha Brahmananda Reddy, Srisailam MLA Shilpachakrapani Reddy and the temple priests accorded a warm welcome to Ramana and his wife.

As per tradition, the CJI was escorted into the temple amid chants of blessings by the Vedic priests and later visited the deity.

Srinivas, Veerpandian and others presented consecrated food and a memento to Ramana.

Later, he felicitated Lakshmi Seetaramanjaneya Sharma for his translation of works from Sanskrit to Telugu from the recently published Skanda Puranam.

Ramana also enquired about some ancient inscriptions which were explained to him by Mysuru-based Director of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Muniratnam Reddy.

District judge Radhakrishna Krupa Sagar, Andhra Pradesh High Court Register judge D. Venkatarama, Telangana High Court Register judge Venkateshwar Reddy and several other dignitaries accompanied the CJI.

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CJI participates in Green India programme in Hyderabad


Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana on Tuesday planted a sapling at Raj Bhavan complex here.

Participating in the Green India programme initiated by MP Santosh Kumar, Chief Justice Ramana called upon legal fraternity to encourage and take part in programmes that enhance the green cover which is essential to maintain the balance in the ecosystem.

“It is important to protect the Mother Nature by promoting greenery in a big way. We must ensure required green cover so as to protect the nature and ensure sustainable development for the benefit of future generations,” he said.

The CJI termed the Green India programme as a good and timely initiative to promote awareness and greenery in the country.

He emphasised the need to take up these green initiatives on a massive scale to ensure ecological balance and protect our eco-systems to sustain life on planet earth.

Santosh Kumar, who pioneered the green drive, and some senior judicial officials were present on the occasion.

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KCR meets Justice NV Ramana, what about Jagan?

KCR meets Justice NV Ramana, what about Jagan?

Telangana government on Friday accorded a grand welcome to Chief Justice of India NV Ramana when he arrived in the State for the first time after taking over as CJI.

Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao welcomed Justice NV Ramana at Raj Bhavan.

Justice Ramana will stay at Raj Bhavan for three days before leaving for Delhi.

Justice Ramana arrived from Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh by a regular fight at Hyderabad International airport.

Ministers KT Rama Rao, Mohd Mahmood Ali, Sabitha Indra Reddy, TRS MLAs, MLCs, MPs, Chief secretary Somesh Kumar, DGP Mahender Reddy extended grand welcome to Justice Ramana at the airport.

Justice Ramana headed straight to Raj Bhavan where Governor Tamilisai and CM KCR arranged a grand reception.

Incidentally, he visited AP first yesterday (Thursday) to have darshan of Lord Venkateshwara in Tirupati. Though Justice Ramana landed for first time as CJI, neither AP CM Jagan nor his ministers welcomed him.

In Tirupati, Justice Ramana was received by TTD chairman YV Subba Reddy.

Incidentally, Jagan rushed to New Delhi to meet union minister Amit Shah and other union ministers on the same day when Justice Ramana visited AP on Thursday.

Jagan returned to AP on Friday when Justice Ramana left AP to Hyderabad.

It may be recalled that Jagan created a flutter by writing a letter to previous CJI Justice Bobde making serious allegations against Justice Ramana of influencing AP High Court judgements against AP government and in favour of TDP petitions. However, Justice Bobde dismissed Jagan’s complaint and recommended Justice NV Ramana as next CJI after his retirement.

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CJI NV Ramana worships at Tirupati temple


Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana visited the Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh on Friday morning along with his wife and worshipped the deity.

This is his first visit to the temple after being sworn in as the Chief Justice on April 24 this year.

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Chairman Y. V. Subba Reddy welcomed Ramana, who entered the temple through its main entrance.

As per tradition, the CJI was escorted into the temple amid chants by the vedic priests.

Later, the CJI received the ‘prasadam’ (consecrated food) with blessings from the priests at Ranganayakula Mandapam.

The CJI told Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel (SVBC) that there have been many miracles in his life and Lord Venkateswara’s blessings have led him to the highest judicial office in the country. The CJI said with the Lord’s blessings, he will work to keep the Indian judiciary’s flag flying high.

Ramana and his wife also visited the Bedi Anjaneya Swamy temple.

During his visit, the CJI was accompanied by Andhra Pradesh High Court judge K. Lalita Kumari, Chittoor District judge Ravindra Babu, Tirupati Additional District judge Y. Veerraju and Protocol Magistrate Pavan Kumar.

Senior Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) leader and Tirupati MLA, Bhumana Karunakar Reddy, and others were also present.

On his arrival in Tirupati on Thursday night, the CJI was accorded a warm welcome by Reddy and other senior TTD officials.

Late on Thursday night, the CJI and his wife paid a visit to the temple and prayed at the ‘dwajasthambam’.

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