As CJI Dipak Misra retires on October 2, 2018, President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India on Thursday and he will take charges as India’s 46th CJI from October 3, 2018.
Back in January this year, four of the most senior justices of the Supreme Court called for an unprecedented press conference to bring working systems of CJI Misra into light. One of the justices at the controversial press conference was the senior-most judge of Supreme Court – Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who is traditionally the successor of the CJI. Justice Gogoi’s involvement in the press conference against CJI Mira led to speculations about whether he will be recommended and appointed as the next Chief Justice of India.
It was reported that CJI Dipak Misra had submitted the recommendation of his successor on September 4 and was proceeded to President Kovind to issue the warrant of appointment of the next CJI. Ending confusion, the law ministry confirmed that President Ram Nath Kovind Thursday announced the appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. As the outgoing CJI retires on 2nd October, new CJI Rajan Gogoi will take over the office from 3rd October and will work as the head of apex court of India till November 2019 – when his tenure ends.
With the appointment of Justice Gogoi as the next CJI, Misra adhered to the Memorandum of Procedure, according to which, “Chief Justice of India should be of the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court considered fit to hold the office”. About the next CJI, he has come a long way with wide experience in the Indian judicial system and has dealt with n number of issue of corruption in politics and public life. Recently, he also expressed that India needs more independent journalists and less noisy judges – a much needed change for India.