The stage seems to be set right for the elevation of seniormost judge in Supreme Court Justice Ranjan Gogoi as Chief Justice of India (CJI), after the retirement of present CJI Justice Dipak Misra. However, Gogoi’s term ends with in seven weeks of time.
If all goes well, Justice Gogoi is likely to take oath as 46th CJI on October 3 and he is due to retire on November 17. In view of strained relations with CJI, speculations went into rough weather that he may be denied his `natural’ elevation. Putting an end to such specualtions, CJI Dipak Misra has reportedly endorsed Gogoi as his successor.
According to sources, CJI Misra has sent his recommendation to the Ministry of Law and Justice endorsing Justice Gogoi as his successor. As per convention, the outgoing CJI sends the recommendation about his successor 30 days before he is to demit office. The outgoing CJI usually recommends the name of the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court as his successor.
Earlier, there has been intense speculation that Justice Gogoi could be superseded after he along with three senior-most Supreme Court judges — Jasti Chelameswar (now retired), Madan B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph — held an unprecedented press conference on January 12. They had virtually revolted against CJI Misra over “selective” case allocation and certain judicial orders.
There were also rumours about the government introducing a bill to increase the retirement age of judges were doing the rounds in media, only to be later put to rest by Law Ministry denying such speculations.