Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who famously held an extraordinary press conference earlier this year against the questionable functioning of Chief Justice Dipak Misra will be new Chief Justice of India on 3 October.
This was after CJI Misra, following the principle of seniority, recommended Justice Gogoi’s name as his successor.
Justice Gogoi will be sworn in as the new CJI by President Ram Nath Kovind on 3 October if the central government accepts CJI Misra’s recommendations. The union law ministry had asked CJI Misra a few days ago to name his successor.
According to established convention, the outgoing Chief Justice sends the recommendation about his successor 30 days before he is to demit office so that the Chief Justice-designate is named well in time, reported IANS.
CJI Misra is retiring on 2 October, but the day being a national holiday on account of birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, 1 October will be his last working day.
Justice Gogoi was one of the four judges, who had famously held the unprecedented press conference in January this year, raising concerns about the administration in the apex court, saying that it was “not in order”. The other three judges were Justice J Chelameswar (now retired), Justice MB Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph.
Justice Gogoi is from Assam, and he headed the special bench that is monitoring the updation of National Register of Citizens to identify citizens in the northeastern state.
Justice Gogoi was born in 1954. He joined the Bar in 1978 and was subsequently appointed as Permanent Judge of Gauhati High Court on 28 February, 2001.
He was later transferred to the Punjab & Haryana High Court in September 2010. He went on to become the Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court in February 2011. He was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court in April 2012 during the UPA rule.
(With additional inputs from IANS)