Justice Ranjan Gogoi will take charge as the next Chief Justice of India on October 3, sources said. He is the second senior most judge in the Supreme Court. The incumbent Chief Justice of India Deepak Misra will retire on October 2.
Sources said that the Chief Justice Dipak Misra will soon endorse Justice Gogoi's name as his successor, keeping with the tradition of naming the judge next in seniority as the chief justice, sources said. Justice Gogoi will continue as the Chief Justice till November 17, 2019.
This comes after the Law Ministry a few days ago asked Chief Justice Dipak Misra to recommend his successor. It is convention for the law ministry to write to the Chief Justice asking for his recommendation on the man who will replace him.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi was among the four judges who criticised Chief Justice Dipak 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. Justice Gogoi is known to be a soft-spoken but tough judge. He was elevated to the Supreme Court in 2012.
Born in 1954, Justice Gogoi joined the Bar in 1978. He was subsequently appointed as Permanent Judge of Gauhati High Court on February 28, 2001. Later transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in September 2010, he went on to become the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court in February 2011. He was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court in April 2012. UNI