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CJI Dipak Mishra Retires; Justice Ranjan Gogoi to Take Over

45th chief justice of India, Dipak Mishra’s term will be ending in October this year after which his successor will assume the office. President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Ranjan Gogoi as the 46th chief justice of India on Thursday. Ranjan Gogoi will take oath on October 3rd.

As the 46th Chief Justice of India, Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of about 13 months, till November 17, 2019.

Speculations over next CJI’s appointment were gaining grounds after the unprecedented press meet held on January 12 this year, where Justice Ranjan Gogoi along with other three colleagues — Justices J Chelameswar (since retired), Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph criticized the contemporary Chief Justice for the inappropriate allocation of cases to benches.

But CJI Misra, on September 4, adhered to the tradition of recommending the most senior judge after him for the high office.

At the Supreme Court, Justice Gogoi headed the bench that directed the government to set up special courts to fast track cases against politicians. In May this year, his bench struck down an amendment passed by the Uttar Pradesh government that allowed all former chief ministers to retain their official residences.

Currently, the bench headed by Justice Gogoi is monitoring the updation of the National Register of Citizens, intended to identify illegal migrants in Assam. He is also dealing with a plea seeking appointment of Lokpal.

Justice Gogoi, a stickler for discipline, has taken a tough stand on the practice of filing frivolous PILs. Recently, a bench headed by him imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on a person who filed a plea seeking guidelines on caesarean deliveries. Earlier this week, another bench headed by him dismissed two PILs, including one challenging the appointment of Vigilance Commissioner Sharad Kumar. “PIL is for those who cannot afford to come to the court. You cannot espouse somebody else’s cause,” Justice Gogoi told the petitioner.