Justice Ranjan Gogoi was sworn in as the Chief Justice of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 3. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to 63-year-old Justice Gogoi at a brief ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan’s Darbar Hall. Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of a little over 13 months and will retire on November 17, 2019. By naming Justice Ranjan Gogoi as his successor outgoing CJI (Chief Justice of India), Dipak Misra on September 4 followed tradition and procedure and laid to rest any speculation on that count.
Justice Gogoi, the first CJI from the north-east, was legally the logical choice for CJI Misra as he was the next in seniority. Known for speaking his mind, CJI Gogoi has had a long and dynamic career since the time he was enrolled as a lawyer in the bar council in 1978. 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 who assumed charge as the 46th CJI had drawn attention and scrutiny in January this year for holding an unprecedented press conference along with three other SC judges to express unease at the functioning of the highest court of the land.