Justice Ranjan Gogoi was Thursday appointed as the 46th Chief Justice of India, according to the union law ministry. He would assume office on October 3 after present incumbent Dipak Misra retires a day before.
Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of a little over 13 months and would retire on November 17, 2019. President Ramnath Kovind signed warrants of appointment of Justice Gogoi following which a notification announcing his appointment was issued.
Born on November 18, 1954 in Assam’s Dibrugarh, his father Keshab Chandra Gogoi was the chief minister under the Congress regime in 1982.
He did his schooling in Dibrugarh’s Don Bosco School before joining St Stephens College in Delhi University where he studied history
Justice Gogoi was enrolled as an advocate in 1978 and practised in the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters.
On February 28, 2001, he was appointed as a permanent judge of the Gauhati High Court on. On September 9, 2010, he was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
He was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 12, 2011 and then a judge of the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012.
Justice Gogoi will be the first judge from northeast to hold the position of Chief Justice of India.
Earlier, speculation over Justice Gogoi's appointment as the next CJI arose after the court's four most senior judges, including Justice Gogoi, called a press conference in January and criticised Justice Misra on various issues, especially the manner of allocation of cases to certain benches.
Justices J Chelameswar (since retired), Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph were the others who addressed the press conference, perhaps a first in the history of the Indian judiciary.
(With inputs from PTI)
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