Justice BV Nagarathna, Who Might Become First Woman Chief Justice Of India, Has Pioneered Social Welfare

By- Kanvi Gupta

India has been waiting since a long time ago to have a Woman Chief Justice of India. The long wait will come to an end in September 2027. BV Nagarathna is in the line to become Chief Justice in September 2027 as per the seniority list.

If all the appointments go as per the seniority list, her tenure will be of 36 days. Justice Nagarathna is the daughter of former Chief Justice of India ES Venkataramiah was enrolled on Bangalore Bar in 1987 and was appointed on the post of additional judge in Karnataka High Court on 18-2-2008 and on the post of permanent Judge on 17-02-2010. She has been found many times in upholding and protecting the rights of children. In one of her judgement on 24-06-2021, she requested parliament to make laws to protect the rights of children born out of illegitimate marriages.

Justice Nagarathna was also part of the bench led by Chief Justice AS Oka which monitored the COVID-19 management in the state. The bench passed several orders to protect and provide welfare to migrant workers affected during the lockdown.

A division bench led by her also gave an order that for non-compliance of Section 35 under the POSCO Act, the accused will not be entitled to be released on default bail.

In her order dated July 27, 2021, in the case of Pramoda And The State of Karnataka, she upheld the decision of the Deputy Commissioner of Udupi District by which it had reserved two land parcels for the construction of a girls’ hostel for students after matriculation.

Her directions brought out the ugly face of digital education which is hindering the right to education amid the pandemic. The survey report indicated that 24.50 per cent of students do not have access to the technology to attend e-classes and are deprived of education. She while directing the state government said that economic backwardness or poverty should not become a reason for lack of continuity in the education of children during pandemic.