New Delhi, September 13: President of India Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI). Justice Gogoi will assume office on October 3, 2018, after the retirement of the current CJI Dipak Misra. Earlier in September, the Chief Justice Misra had written to the government recommending the name of Justice Gogoi. His name was sent after the Law Commission requested Justice Misra to name his successor.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who will retire on November 17, 2019, was among the four judges who held an unprecedented press conference on January 12 against CJI Misra. As per convention, the outgoing CJI sends the recommendation about his successor 30 days before he is to demit office so that the Chief Justice-designate is named well in time. There was speculation that CJI Misra may recommend someone else for the post of Chief Justice.
Justice Gogoi was born on November 18, 1954, and joined the Bar in 1978. He was appointed as Permanent Judge of Gauhati High Court on February 28 in 2001. In 2010, he was transferred to Punjab & Haryana High Court. On February 12, 2011, he was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court. He was elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court on April 23 in 2012.