Ranjan Gogoi to be the next CJI, may take oath on October 3
Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the most senior judge after Chief Justice Dipak Misra, is set to be appointed the next Chief Justice. Speculations were doing rounds that whether current Chief Justice Dipak Misra would suggest Justice Gogoi’s name as the next CJI to the Central government or not. And now, ending months of speculations, the latest report suggests that Gogoi will be the next CJI.
Traditionally, the current CJI recommends the successor's name to the law ministry a month before retirement. As per convention, it is always the second most senior judge after him. CJI Misra will retire on October 2 and had endorsed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as next Chief Justice. The paper formalities are expected to get finalized and sent to the Union Law Ministry on Monday.Justice Gogoi will be the first judge to be appointed from the country's North-East region. Retiring in November 2019, 65-year-old Justice Gogoi will have 13-month tenure as Chief Justice of India. Justice Gogoi along with four Supreme Court judges called a press conference in January 2018 raising the concerns regarding the administration of the apex court and the judiciary independence. Gogoi said the situation in the top court was "not in order" and many "less than desirable" things had taken place. Currently, Gogoi heads a special bench to monitor the updation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to identify foreigners in Assam.