The Hindu – CJI Dipak Misra recommends Justice Ranjan Gogoi as successor

Justice Gogoi will be sworn in as the next CJI on October 3

Legal Correspondent

New Delhi – India, 04 September 2018. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Tuesday recommended the appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next and 46th Chief Justice of India.

Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of 13 months till 17 November 2019. He is scheduled to assume the office of the Chief Justice of India on October 3.

Chief Justice Misra has stuck to the convention of recommending the senior most Supreme Court judge, Justice Gogoi, as his successor.

Justice Gogoi, who was elevated to the Supreme Court in April 2012 after a tenure as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, is 63 years old and a native of Assam.

He would be the first CJI from the north-east region of the country. He is the son of Keshab Chandra Gogoi, a former Assam chief minister under the Indian National Congress regime 1982.

Justice Gogoi was one of the four senior most Supreme Court judges who held the January 12 press conference blaming the selective assignment of sensitive cases of national importance to certain Benches by recent CJIs in the Supreme Court.

In a recent lecture, Justice Gogoi said the country needs independent journalists and “noisy judges”.

Justice Gogoi is heading the Bench monitoring the sensitive Assam NRC case.

It may be noted that last week, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wrote to the incumbent CJI Dipak Misra to recommend the name of his successor.

Justice Misra retires on October 2 and as per the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) governing the appointment of the CJI, the Law Minister asks the outgoing Chief Justice of India to recommend the next CJI.

Chief Justice Misra is retiring on October 2. Convention demands the recommendation letter from the incumbent be sent at least a month before his date of retirement. Convention also requires the senior most judge of the Supreme Court be appointed Chief Justice of India.

The recommendation letter of the incumbent is the first step in the process of appointment of the next Chief Justice of India.

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