Putting an end to specualtions over the appointment of next Chief Justice of India (CJI), present CJI Dipak Misra, today recommonded Justice Ranjan Gogoi as his successor. He has sent a letter to the Government of India, recommending Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the second most senior judge in the Supreme Court, be appointed Chief Justice of India after he retires.
If the recommendation is cleared by the Central government, Justice Gogoi will be administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind on October 3.CJI Misra is retiring on October 2, but as the day is a national holiday on account of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, October 1 will be his last working day.
Speculations over Gogoi’s appointment as the next CJI emerged following an unprecedented press conference by four senior-most judges in January this year when they had criticised Justice Misra over various issues, especially the manner of allocation of cases to certain benches.
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. Justice Gogoi is due to retire on November 17, 2019.