Becomes first judge from Assam to occupy post; takes over from Dipak Misra whose 13-month tenure came to a close on October 2
Guwahati: Justice Ranjan Gogoi was sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India (CJI) on Wednesday. President Ramnath Kovind administered the oath of office to Justice Gogoi.
Justice Gogoi, known for his strict judgements, took over from outgoing CJI Dipak Misra, whose 13-month tenure came to a close on October 2. He will serve as the CJI till November next year.
The 63-year-old judge from Assam first started his career when he joined the bar in 1978. Justice Gogoi, son of former Assam chief minister Keshab Chandra Gogoi, predominantly served in Assam after he was appointed as permanent justice in the Gauhati High Court on February 28, 2001.
The soft-spoken judge from Assam, who is monitoring the National Register of Citizens (NRC), is also involved in other crucial proceedings including dealing with a plea seeking appointment of Lokpal.
Justice Gogoi’s strict judgement did not even spare a judge. He was part of the five judge-bench which held Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnan guilty in contempt of court. Justice Gogoi also appeared as dissenting judges in the unprecedented press conference in by four SC judges on allotment of cases in benches.
A petition challenging justice Gogoi’s appointment as the CJI was moved in the SC because of his participation in the press conference. However, a bench of the then CJI Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud had dismissed the petition terming it as “without merit”.
Justice Gogoi also served as the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court from February 12, 2011 to April 23, 2012.