The Union government appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the 46th Chief Justice of India (CJI). He will assume his post on October 3. He will be succeeding incumbent CJI Dipak Misra, who is set to retire a day before his swearing in, on October 2, 2018. Justice Gogoi’s name was suggested for the esteemed post by Justice Misra himself.
Justice Gogoi will have a term of over 13 months, as he is scheduled to retire on November 17, 2019.
He is the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court after Chief Justice Misra. His appointment was confirmed after President Ramnath Kovind signed the warrant of his appointment.
• Justice Gogoi is the son of former Assam Chief Minister, late Keshab Chandra Gogoi.
• He joined the Bar in 1978. He practiced mainly in the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters.
• He was appointed as a permanent judge of the Gauhati High Court in February 2001.
• In September 2010, he was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court and was appointed as the Chief Justice of the high court in February 2011.
• He was elevated to the position of a judge in the Supreme Court in April 2012.
• At the Supreme Court, Justice Gogoi headed the bench that directed the government to set up special courts to fast-track cases against politicians.
• He is also currently heading the bench that is monitoring the case of Assam’s National Register of Citizens that intends to identify illegal migrants in the state.
According to the Memorandum of Procedure, which governs the appointment of members of the higher judiciary, appointment to the office of the Chief Justice of India should be of the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court considered fit to hold the office.
The procedure stipulates that the law minister will, at an appropriate time, seek the recommendation of the outgoing chief justice of India for the appointment of a successor.
Under this process, after receiving the CJI’s recommendation, the law minister puts it before the prime minister who advises the president on the matter.