Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the senior most Judge after Chief Justice Dipak Misra has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of India.
He will take charge from October 3, 2018 after Justice Misra retires.
He will be the 46th Chief Justice of India and will serve a tenure of 13 months till November, 2019.
He was one of four Judges who held a press conference in January this year questioning the CJI’s allocation of cases to benches in the Supreme Court.
At that time, Justice Gogoi had said that “it’s the discharge of a debt to the nation that has brought us here”.
But keeping aside differences, CJI Misra, on September 4, recommended the most senior judge after him for the high office.
He is the son of former Assam Chief Minister Kesab Chandra Gogoi and started practicing at Gauwahati High Court in 1978.
He was appointed as a Judge in 2001 and was transferred to Punjab & Haryana High Court, where he was elevated as Chief Justice on February 12, 2011.
On April 23, 2012, he was elevated to the Supreme Court.
He was heading the bench that directed the government to set up special courts to fast track cases against politicians.
In his other famous orders, he nullified an amendment passed by the Uttar Pradesh government that allowed all former chief ministers to retain their official residences.
Justice Gogoi was also part of the seven-judge bench which held Calcutta High Court Judge C S Karnan guilty of contempt of court.
He is also heading the bench headed by Justice Gogoi is monitoring the updation of the National Register of Citizens which is meant to identify illegal migrants in Assam. He is also dealing with a plea seeking appointment of Lokpal.