Justice Ranjan Gogoi today took oath as the Chief Justice of India, after Justice Dipak Misra’s retirement on Monday. Justice Gogoi was sworn in as the 46th CJI by President Ram Nath Kovind,at the Rashtrapati Bhavan around 10:40 am.
Justice Gogoi was among the four senior-most judges to virtually revolt against Justice Misra in January over various issues including assigning of cases in the apex court. He is the first Chief Justice of India from the north-east and his tenure will end November next year.
As is the norm, Gogoi, the senior-most after former CJI Dipak Misra, was recommended by the latter and the appointment was then confirmed by President Kovind in September this year. Justice Gogoi, a stickler for discipline, has garnered a reputation for being a judge who applies his mind, is proper and holds all nature of relationships in high regard. His colleagues in the topmost court term him as “a man of few words, strong and deep convictions and also a man of action. He speaks little but acts.”
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.