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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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