Justice Ranjan Gogoi is officially appointed as the new Chief Justice of India on Thursday by President Ram Nath Kovind.
“The President of India has appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. He will assume the office of Chief Justice on October 3, 2018 after the retirement of the current Chief Justice, Justice Dipak Misra,” said a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.
The 46th Chief Justice of India Gogoi will serve his duties for the tenure of about 13 months, till November 17, 2019.
On his appointment as new CJI, Gogoi said, “it’s the discharge of a debt to the nation that has brought us here”.
Justice Gogoi will take charge on October 3, post retirement of CJI Dipak Misra on October 2. Gogoi will be the first CJI to be appointed from the northeast.
Gogoi is known for his strict and no-nonsense judgement. It was reflected when in May this year, his bench struck down an amendment passed by the Uttar Pradesh government that allowed all former chief ministers to retain their official residences.
Born on November 18, 1954, Justice Gogoi joined Gauhati High Court in 1978 as an advocate and practised on constitutional, taxation, and company matters.
On February 28, 2001, he was appointed as permanent judge at the Gauhati HC and later on September 9, 2010, he was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana HC.
On April 23, 2012, he was appointed as the Supreme Court Judge. And now, he is elevated as the new CJI and will take the oath on October 3 for the same.