Justice Ranjan Gogoi is all set to be the next Chief Justice of India. Gogoi will take oath on October 3. Incumbent Chief Justice of India Deepak Misra, who is set to retire on October 2, has recommended his name to the government for the post.
To criticise, attack & destroy a system is quite easy. What is difficult & challenging is to transform it into a performing one. For this one has to transcend ones's personal ambitions or grievances: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra in Delhi on #IndependenceDayIndia pic.twitter.com/O8xxrK0frK
— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2018
According to convention, the senior-most judge is eligible to be the Chief Justice of India. Gogoi is expected to retire on November 17 as the Supreme Court judge.Justice Ranjan Gogoi, born in 1954, joined the bar association in 1978. In 2001, Gogoi was appointed a judge in Gauhati High Court. He became the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 12, 2011.
In January, Gogoi was among the four senior judges who held a press conference in New Delhi citing that democracy in the country was under threat.
Justice Khehar with CJI Mishra
Justice Misra, 64, assumes office following the retirement of Justice J S Khehar yesterday.Misra will remain in office till October 2, 2018.
As per the established practice, Justice Khehar had named Misra as the next CJI last month.
Cuttack: Lawyers at Orissa High Court stage protest against lawyer & Congress leader Kapil Sibal ahead of his visit to Bhubaneswar; say,'Justice Dipak Misra is pride of Odia people & Sibal on behalf of Cong initiated motion against him & humiliated him & entire judiciary' #Odisha pic.twitter.com/kC9MSBI39v
— ANI (@ANI) May 26, 2018
A quiet, diminutive man with stony resolve
Misra is a quiet, diminutive man with a steely resolve. He has done his fair share of constitutional arm-twisting without raising his voice: he got the government to withdraw President’s rule in Uttarakhand rather than have an adverse order passed against it.
- He was born in 1953, and began his career as an advocate on February 14, 1977, practicing constitutional, civil, criminal, revenue, service and sales tax matters at the Orissa High Court and the Service Tribunal.
- He was appointed as the additional judge of the Orissa High Court in 1996 and transferred to the Madhya Pradesh High Court next year, where he became a permanent judge towards the end of 1997.
- He assumed charge of the Chief Justice of Patna High Court in 2009 and became the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court in 2010.
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- He was appointed as a Supreme Court judge in 2011. He was heading the bench that dismissed Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon’s plea, seeking a stay on his executions.
- He also led the bench that upheld the death sentence awarded to the four convicts in the Nirbhaya rape case.
- He was also part of the bench that ordered mandatory playing of the National Anthem at the beginning of every film in cinema halls.
- Some of his notable orders include directing Delhi Police to upload FIRs on their website within 24 hours of registration, to allow downloading and early redressal of grievances.
- He was also a part of the bench that rejected the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to provide reservation in promotion, saying it can be allowed only in the presence of sufficient data and evidence to justify it.
- He rejected a frivolous petition that objected to the title of the film ‘Dhobi Ghat’, warning the petitioner.
- He will head a three-judge bench to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case from August 11.
- Being the National Legal Services Authority executive chairman, introducing Legal Assistance Establishments in states to streamline activities to provide free legal aid to the needy, was his brainchild.
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— Vinod K. Jose (@vinodjose) July 9, 2018
- CJI Dipak Misra will be the third judge from Odisha to become the Chief Justice of India, after his uncle, Justice Ranganath Misra and Justice GB Pattanaik.