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President Kovind Approves Ranjan Gogoi As Next Chief Justice Of India, Oath Taking On October 3

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| September 14 , 2018 , 11:53 IST

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday officially approved the appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. Gogoi will take oath as the 46th Chief Justice of India on October 3.

An official statement from the Prime Minister’s Office read, “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 3rd October 2018 after the retirement of the current Chief Justice, Justice Dipak Misra.”

Justice Ranjan Gogoi was born on November 18, 1954. He enrolled as an advocate in 1978. He practised in the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters.

According to the convention, the senior most judge of the Supreme Court is appointed the CJI, and Justice Gogoi by virtue of his seniority is next in line. Chief Justice Dipak Misra will retire on October 2 and as per the court’s convention, the outgoing CJI has to send his recommendation around a month before the end of his tenure.

Justice Ranjan Gogoi has been an important part of some crucial judgment of the apex court. Justice Gogoi has headed the Supreme Court bench that is monitoring the National Registrar of Citizen (NRC) which is being carried out to identify the Bangladeshi refugees residing in the Indian territory illegally.

Gogoi’s Vision

While delivering a speech in July, Justice Ranjan Gogoi had said, “a revolution, not reform is needed to keep the institution of judiciary serviceable for common people, asserting that the judiciary would have to be more "pro-active" and on the "front foot.”

The judge had told that the judiciary was the "last bastion of hope" and has been "a proud guardian of the great constitutional vision".

He also said. “Justice is not a standalone precept, but an amalgam of other ideals like socialism, democracy, liberty, equality, fraternity. They are not isolated silos because their undying endeavour is to establish one discipline – of overall justice, of an inclusive society.”

Referring to an article in The Indian Express that had called “independent judges and noisy journalists the first line of defence for democracy, Gogoi said, “I agree but will only suggest a slight modification in today’s context – not only independent judges and noisy journalists, but even independent journalists and sometimes noisy judges.”

The Controversial Press Conference

Justice Gogoi is one of the four judges who held a press conference against CJI Dipak Misra in January this year.

In the press conference, Justice Gogoi, along with Justices J Chelameswar (since retired), MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph — had said that the situation in the top court was "not in order" and many "less than desirable" things have taken place.

At the unprecedented press conference, questions were raised on the CJI’s allocation of cases to benches in the Supreme Court. Justice Gogoi had told reporters that “it’s the discharge of a debt to the nation that has brought us here”.