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Justice Ranjan Gogoi sworn in as 46th CJI

NEW DELHI, OCT 3 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 10/3/2018 11:09:53 AM IST

Justice Ranjan Gogoi was on Wednesday sworn-in as 46th Chief Justice of India. President Ram Nath Kovind administered him the oath of office at a function in Rashtrapati Bhawan. He has succeeded Justice Dipak Misra who retired as Chief Justice of India Tuesday.

The swearing ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, union ministers, former PM Manmohan Singh, and others. Justice Ranjan Gogoi is also the first judge from the North East to attain the highest office of the apex court.

The CJI began the day at the apex court by telling the lawyers that fresh parameters would be worked out for mentioning the matters for hearing those cases which required hearing on priority and urgent mentioning. Addressing the felicitation programme organized by Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), Justice Gogoi wowed to strictly follow the Supreme Court’s precedents that were the parameters on which the country’s highest court functioned. Justice Gogoi said “no urgent mentioning of cases will be allowed” till certain parameters are fixed for it. “We will work out the parameters then we will see as to how mentioning will be done,” he said.

“If somebody is going to be hanged tomorrow, then we can understand (urgency)”, the CJI said. The CJI has decided to keep with himself the PIL and the petitions based on the letter. Justice Gogoi has also kept with himself matters concerning arbitration, habeas corpus, criminal cases, contempt of court and ordinary civil matters.

CJI Gogoi was enrolled as a lawyer in the bar council in 1978. He became the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 12, 2011 and was elevated as an SC judge on April 23 2012. CJI Gogoi was born on November 18, 1954, in Guwahati in a politically influential family. His father, Keshab Chandra Gogoi, was a lawyer-turned-politician and served as chief minister of Assam for two months during the 1980s.

Justice Gogoi will retire on November 17, 2019. Justice Misra had last month recommended Justice Gogoi as his successor in accordance with the established practice of naming the senior-most judge after the CJI for the top post.

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