Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who took oath as the 46th Chief Justice of India on Wednesday 3 October 2018). Gogoi is the first CJI from the Northeast of India. He is also stepping into Misra’s shoes ahead of the latter’s retirement on 2 October. Justice Gogoi was appointed the Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind last month on the recommendation of incumbent CJI Dipak Misra who retired from his post on October 1.
Do you know, newly sworn-in CJI Ranjan Gogoi owns no jewellery, no house? Here is all you need to know about the 46th Chief Justice of India.
WHO IS RANJAN GOGOI?
* Born in 1954, Ranjan Gogoi hails from Assam and joined the bar in 1978
* He was the head of a special bench that monitored the updation of National Register of Citizens to identify citizens and weed out illegally settled foreigners
* Justice Gogoi was appointed as the permanent judge on February 28, 2001, of the Guwahati high court. He later became the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana high court on February 12, 2011
* Ranjan Gogoi was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court in April 2012
* He was one of the four Supreme Court judges who held a press conference in January 2018, raising concerns about the administration of the apex court and the independence of the judiciary
* Justice Gogoi is the senior-most judge of the top court after Chief Justice Misra.
First person from the northeast region
Justice Gogoi is the first person from the northeast region of India to reach the top judicial post in the country. He is the son of former Assam Chief Minister Keshab Chandra Gogoi.
From Dibrugarh in Assam to CJI’s post
Born on November 18, 1954, Gogoi did his schooling in Don Bosco School Dibrugarh before studying history in Delhi University’s St Stephen’s College. He was enrolled as an advocate in 1978 and practised in the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi was one of the four senior Supreme Court judges — Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph — who virtually revolted against CJI Misra over “selective” case allocation and certain judicial orders in January this year.
He has released details of his assets to the public
Gogoi is among the 11 out of 23 sitting judges in the Supreme Court who have published details of their assets and financial holdings on the SC website. According to the filing, he does not own a car and does not have any outstanding debts or investments in mutual funds or shares. Until this year, his most prominent assets were a piece of a land in Assam that he sold for ₹6.5 million in June 2018 and an old house he inherited from his mother in mid-2015.
Appointed as permanent judge of Gauhati HC in 2001
He was appointed as a permanent judge of the Gauhati High Court on February 28, 2001. 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.
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