Justice Ranjan Gogoi took oath today, to become the 46th Chief Justice of India and took over the office emptied by former CJI Dipak Misra who retired on October 1.
The appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the Chief Justice of India after retirement of Dipak Misra was an impugn, as Gogoi was one of the four Justices of Supreme Court who held an unexpected press conference criticising the working pattern of then-CJI Misra. However, despite the internal rift, the top judicial system followed the tradition of appointing the senior-most Justice of Supreme Court as the CJI and hence, Ranjan Gogoi’s appointment was cleared earlier in October.
Today, Justice Ranjan Gogoi was sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan’s Darbar Hall in presence of PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, former PM Manmohan Singh, HD Deve Gowda and many more dignitaries were present. After taking oath, CJI Ranjan Gogoi and was administered to his new office by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rastrapati Bhavan.
Known as a soft spoken but tough judge CJI Gogoi’s career started in 1978 when he was enrolled as an advocate, after which, he served in the Gauhati High Court as constitutional, taxation and company matters advocate. Back in 2001, Gogoi was promoted and appointed as the Permanent Judge of the Gauhati High Court. Later in 2010, he was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court and was promoted to the Supreme Court since 2012. Now, he has become the first person from northeast India to become the CJI and will remain as the head of Indian judiciary system for 13 months to retire on November 17, 2019.