New Delhi, Sep 14: Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the soft-spoken, senior-most Supreme Court Judge will be sworn-in as the next Chief Justice of India on October 3, 2018.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi, 64, was on Thursday appointed the 46th Chief Justice of India with President Ramnath Kovind signing the warrant. The incumbent Chief Jusrtice of India, Dipak Misra retires on October 2. Justice Gogoi will be the Chief Justice for about 13 months, till he retires on November 17, 2019.
Born in Assam on November 18, 1954, Justice Gogoi enrolled as an advocate in 1978 and practiced taxation and company matters at the Gauhati High Court. He was appointed as a Permanent Judge of the Gauhati High Court on February, 2001.
On February 2011, he was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court. Justice Gogoi was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012. He is the son of former Assam Chief Minister and Congress leader Keshab Chandra Gogoi. Known for his deep and wide knowledge on legal and constitutional matters, Justice Gogoi was one of the four Judges, who conducted a press conference, for the first time in the history of the apex court, bringing up the issue of assigning sensitive cases and other matters related to the Supreme Court.
Justice Gogoi pronounced the famous judgement, banning the use of politicians' photos in the government advertisements, saying tax payers' money should not be used for political gains. The Court also ruled that only the President, the Prime Minister and the CJI's photos were to be used in the advertisements. Later, Justice Gogoi's bunch modified the judgement and allowed to use the Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, Governors and state Ministers in government advertisements.
Justice Gogoi monitored the progress made by the government on the appointment of Lokpal. He is also monitoring the sensitive Assam NRC case. His judgement against the Uttar Pradesh State Law, which allowed former Chief Ministers to retain their bungalows, staff and perks, forced several former Chief Ministers in the state to vacate the bungalows, they continued to occupy after quitting office.
Another important matter heard by Justice Gogoi's bench was the appeals filed by the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, for remission of their life sentence. His recent statement on democracy, 'independent journalists and sometimes noisy judges' in today's context, was widely discussed. UNI