Guwahati: In a proud moment for the Northeast, Justice Ranjan Gogoi is set to become the next Chief Justice of India. He is expected to be sworn in as the first among equals in the Supreme Court of India on October 3. Sticking to the principle of seniority, current CJI Dipak Mishra nominated Justice Gogoi to the Law Commission to succeed him.
Justice Gogoi, 63, was appointed as a judge in the SC on April 23, 2012, and he is expected to serve as the CJI till November next year.
This comes after the law ministry sought recommendation from CJI Dipak Mishra for recommending his successor. It is a convention for the law ministry to write to the CJI seeking his recommendation for the person who will replace him.
Once the central government clears the CJI’s recommendation, Justice Gogoi will be administered oath by President Ramnath Kovind.
Born in 1954, Justice Gogoi, known for his soft-spoken nature but tough judgments, started his judicial career in 1978 when he joined the Bar and served predominantly in Assam. His father, Keshab Chandra Gogoi, was a former chief minister of Assam.
On February 28, 2001, he was appointed as permanent judge in the Gauhati High Court. After serving more than nine years in Assam, he was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on September 9, 2010. Within two years in the high court, he was elevated as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 21, 2011.
Justice Gogoi was one of the four SC Judges who organised an unprecedented press conference and expressed that the Indian democracy was at stake. The unusual presser was after the CJI, Dipak Mishra, assigned justice Loya’s death case to J Arun Mishra’s bench in January this year.