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Ranjan Gogoi Takes Oath As 46th Chief Justice Of India, Becomes First CJI From North East

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| October 3 , 2018 , 12:04 IST

Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday took oath the 46th Chief Justice of India on Wednesday, succeeding Justice Dipak Misra. The swearing in ceremony took place at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in presence of President of India Ram Nath Kovind.

He enrolled in the bar council as a lawyer in the year 1978, Gogoi would be the first Chief Justice from the north east. He was the senior most judge after Misra.

He was made the permanent judge of the Gauhati High Court on February 28, 2001. He was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on September 9, 2010, and became its Chief Justice on February 12, 2011. He was elevated as the judge of the SC on 23 April 2012 and will have a tenure of over seven years at the apex court till his retirement in November 2019.

Gogoi’s Vision

Earlier in July this year, while addressing the Ramnath Goenka Memorial Lecture, he had said, “Noisy judges and independent journalists are democracy’s first line of defence and a revolution, not mere reform, is needed to keep the institution of the judiciary responsive to the changes in society.

He added, “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.”

The Controversial Press Conference

Justice Ranjan Gogoi came into the headlines in January this year when he along with his four colleagues held a press conference against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

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”.