August 29, 2018

Justice Ranjan Gogoi next Chief Justice of India


Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, who is soon to depart and retire on October 2, has to give the reigns of his duties to another Justice. With just about a month left in service, CJI Misra has now made it formal and official that Justice Ranjan Gogoi will be the next Chief Justice of India.

Ideally, CJI Misra has to recommend the name of his successor to the Ministry of Law by September 2, 2018.

With speculation doing its rounds in the judiciary on whether Justice Gogoi—who spearheaded a revolt by holding a press conference on January 12, 2018 along with his three companion Judges, Justices Jasti Chelameswar (retired), Madan B. Lokur, and Kurian Joseph—would be made the next CJI, CJI Misra’s statement came as a surprise and is likely to be accepted by the government.

Justice Gogoi will be the 46th Chief Justice of India, if reports are confirmed.

Justice Gogoi was born on November 18, 1954 and is currently a Judge of the Supreme Court of India. His father Keshab Chandra Gogoi was a former Chief Minister of Assam.

Justice Gogoi enrolled at the Bar in 1978 and practiced at the Gauhati High Court, where he was made a Permanent Judge on February 28, 2001. He was later transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on September 9, 2010 and became its Chief Justice on February 12, 2011. He was thereafter elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012 and will serve a tenure of over seven years there.

Justice Gogoi is the first Supreme Court Judge who recently fined a petitioner Rupees five hundred thousand for withdrawing his petition after it came for hearing in front of the honorable court. Justice Gogoi was annoyed because he thought that the petitioner had wasted the precious time of the court in reading the eight hundred pages and then withdrawing it when it appeared for hearing.

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