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CJI Dipak Misra recommends Justice Ranjan Gogoi as successor

Justice Gogoi, the second senior-most judge in the Supreme Court, will take charge on 3 October as the next Chief Justice of India

New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Tuesday sent a letter to the Central government recommending Justice Ranjan Gogoi as his successor.

Justice Gogoi will be sworn in as the next CJI on 3 October, a day after Justice Misra’s tenure ends.

The CJI has written to the ministry of law and justice endorsing and recommending the name of Justice Gogoi, the senior-most judge, as the next CJI.

He will become the first Supreme Court judge from the north-east to be appointed Chief Justice of India.

Chief Justice Mishra retires a day before, but since 2 October is a holiday, 1 October will be his last working day.

If appointed, Justice Gogoi, who is the second senior-most judge in the court, will be the 46th Chief Justice of India and will replace the incumbent Dipak Misra, who will retire on 2 October this year.

As per protocol, the sitting CJI has to name his successor, after which clearance has to be sought from the Centre and then the president of the country.

 

It may be noted that Justice Gogoi, along with the other Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, revolted against CJI Misra, following which the apex court was thrown into its biggest ever crisis.

Justice Gogoi will be the Chief Justice till 17 November, next year. He will be administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Justice Gogoi was among the four judges who, in January, criticised Chief Justice Misra in a rare press conference and accused him of misusing his role of assigning cases as the Supreme Court’s Master of the Roster. He is currently hearing the Assam National Register of Citizens or NRC case.

Elevated to the Supreme Court in 2012, Justice Gogoi is known to be a soft-spoken but tough judge.

Born in 1954, Justice Gogoi joined the Bar in 1978. He was appointed Permanent Judge of Gauhati High Court on 28 February 2001. He was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in September 2010 and went on to become the Chief Justice in February 2011.

Former Attorney General of India Soli Sorabjee has hailed the Chief Justice of India’s office’s decision to propose the name of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next head of the judiciary of the country.

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