Tirupati: The Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice NV Ramana on Thursday, visited the ancient hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala and offered prayers. According to a temple official, Justice Ramana, who is an ardent devotee of Lord Venkateswara, took part in the Ekantha Seva ritual along with his family at the hill temple. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Chairman YV Subba Reddy, Executive Officer KS Jawahar Reddy, and Additional Executive Officer AV Dharma Reddy accorded a warm welcome to Justice Ramana on his arrival at the shrine. This is Justice Ramana’s second visit to the shrine this year as he had in his capacity as CJI designate had visited the temple on April 11, the official added.
NV Ramana was appointed as the 48th Chief Justice of India on April 24. He took charge after the baton was passed on from the former CJI SA Bobde. CJI Ramana’s term will end on August 26, 2022, with his retirement. He was appointed as the CJI on the recommendation of the former CJI Bobde. The recommendation came a day after the Supreme Court dismissed a complaint of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy against then-Justice Ramana.
Recently CJI Ramana received a letter from a 10-year-old girl from Kerala thanking the Supreme Court for the orders it passed to tackle the COVID-19 situation in the country. Lidwina Joseph, who is a class 5 student at Kendriya Vidyalaya in Thrissur, wrote a letter with a drawing of a judge to the Chief Justice. Impressed with the girl’s efforts, CJI Ramana replied to her letter with appreciation and well wishes. His letter said, “I have received your beautiful letter along with a heart-warming illustration of the Judge at work. I am really impressed with the way you kept track of happenings in the country and the concern that you have displayed for the well-being of people in the wake of the pandemic. I am sure you will grow up into an alert, informed and responsible citizen who will contribute immensely towards nation building.” The CJI also sent her a signed copy of the constitution.
(With inputs from PTI)