Justice Ranjan Gogoi sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India




New Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi (Photo: Twitter)

Justice Ranjan Gogoi was on Wednesday sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India.

He succeeds Justice Dipak Misra. Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of 13 to 14 months and would retire on November 17, 2019.

President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to the 63-year-old Justice Gogoi at a brief ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan’s Darbar Hall.

Justice Ranjan Gogoi was among four judges who had publicly accused erstwhile Chief Justice Dipak Misra of not strictly adhering to rules in assigning cases to appropriate benches which they said can create “doubt” about the integrity of the apex court. 

Justice Dipak Misra had retired on Tuesday.

Family Background and Career

Justice Ranjan Gogoi is the son of Keshab Chandra Gogoi who was a Chief minister under the Indian National Congress regime in the state of Assam in the year 1982.

He is the first person from Northeast India and first Assamese to become Chief Justice of India.

As per Wikipedia, he was enrolled at the Bar in 1978 and practised at the Gauhati High Court of which he was made a Permanent Judge on 28 February 2001. He was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on 9 September 2010 and became its Chief Justice on 12 February 2011. He was elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court on 23 April 2012.