President of India Ram Nath Kovind appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. Justice Gogoi, who will be the 46th chief justice of India, will be sworn in October 3, a day after incumbent Chief Justice Dipak Misra retires. Justice Misra had on September 4 sent a letter to the Government of India, recommending Justice Gogoi’s name for the next CJI. CJI Misra is scheduled to retire on October 2.
The new CJI, who has delivered many key judgments including on the National Register of Citizens in Assam, will hold the post till November 17, 2019. Hailing from Assam, Justice Gogoi will be the first Chief Justice of India from the Northeast. Earlier in January this year, he was among the four judges who held a press conference, for the first time in the history of Supreme Court, criticising Chief Justice Misra and accused him of misusing his role.
Gogoi was elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court on 23rd April, 2012. Among other judgements, he is also known for his famous judgment forbidding the use of politicians’ photos in government advertisements. Born on November 18, 1954, Justice Gogoi was enrolled as an advocate in 1978. He practised in the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters. 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 & Haryana High Court. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court on February 12, 2011. He was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India on April 23, 2012.