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Explained: Here’s how the Chief Justice of India is appointed

In the absence of a constitutional provision, the procedure relies on convention. The outgoing CJI recommends his successor – a practice, which is strictly based on seniority

April 07, 2021 / 12:33 PM IST

Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana will take over as the 48th Chief Justice of India (CJI) on April 24 succeeding Justice SA Bobde, who is due to retire on April 23. A notification to this effect was issued by the Department of Justice, Union  Ministry of Law and Justice on April 6.

MoneyControl looks at the procedure for appointment of the Chief Justice of India.

The announcement

statement issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice on April 6 announced that the President of India, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India, appointed Justice Ramana to be the Chief Justice of India.