Justice Ranjan Gogoi

Justice Ranjan Gogoi appointed as next Chief Justice of India

Question: Justice Ranjan Gogoi has served as Chief Justice of which of the following High Court?
(a) Orissa High Court
(b) Uttarakhand High Court
(c) Bombay High Court
(d) Punjab & Haryana High Court
Answer: (d)
Related Facts:

  • Justice Ranjan Gogoi is appointed as the next Chief Justice of India. He will succeed current CJI Justice Dipak Misra as of his superannuation.
  • He will serve country as 46th CJI from 3rd November 2018. His tenure will end in November 2019.

About Justice Ranjan Gogoi:

  • He was born on 18th November 1954. He is son of Keshab Chandra Gogoi, former Chief Minister of Assam.
  • He practised in the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters and 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 and as a Chief Justice on February 12, 2011.
  • He was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India on April 23, 2012.

Controversy:

  • He criticized Chief Justice Deepak Misra on various issues, especially on the manner of allocation of cases to certain benches by calling a press conference.
  • Justices J Chelameswar (since retired), Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph have also attended the press conference.
  • These types of allegations were posted for first time in Indian Judiciary indicting its glorious past.

Tenure:

  • There is no fix tenure of Chief Justice of India. Once appointed, CJI remains in office until the age of 65 years i.e. till superannuation.

Procedure for Appointment as CJI:

  • The Chief Justice of India is appointed by the President under clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution.
  • For appointment as Chief Justice of India, one should be the senior most Judge of the Supreme Court and considered fit to hold the office. The Union Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs would, at the appropriate time, seek the recommendation of the outgoing Chief Justice of India for the appointment of the next Chief Justice of India.
  • Whenever there is any doubt about the fitness of the senior most Judge to hold the office of the Chief Justice of India, consultation with other Judges as envisaged in Article 124 (2) of the Constitution would be made for appointment of the next Chief Justice of India.
  • After receipt of the recommendation of the Chief Justice of India, the Union Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs will put up the recommendation to the Prime Minister who will advise the President in the matter of appointment.

LINKS:

http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=183450

http://doj.gov.in/sites/default/files/memosc.pdf

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