New Delhi : Justice Ranjan Gogoi was on Wednesday sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India. He succeeds Justice Dipak Misra. 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. Here is all you need to know about the newly-appointed CJI Ranjan Gogoi:
* The 63-year-old is the first Chief Justice from the North Eastern region of the country.
* Born on November 18, 1954, he is the son of Keshab Chandra Gogoi, who was the chief minister of Assam in 1982.
* He Joined the bar in 1978 and practised mainly in the Gauhati High Court.
* On February 28, 2001, he was appointed as Permanent Judge of Gauhati High Court.
* Following a nine-year-long stint at Gauhati High Court, he was transferred to Punjab & Haryana High Court on September 9, 2010.
* A year later, he was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court on February 12, 2011.
* Elevated as judge of the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012.
* In January this year, four judges of the Supreme Court, including Justice Ranjan Gogoi, in an unprecedented move, held a press conference to express their displeasure with the then Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Mishra and with the way he was assigning cases.
* During his tenure as a judge of the Supreme Court, Gogoi was part of several critical verdicts.
* On August 20, 2014, a bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and RK Agrawal gave the Centre and the Assam government three years to complete the entire process to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC), which helps to identify the illegal migrants from the state.
* As Executive Chairman of National Legal Service Authority (NALSA), Justice Gogoi spearheaded the program to hold legal service camps across the country wherein government departments set up stalls to highlight various welfare schemes and also made them available for the masses. A recent report released by NALSA said that around 43 lakh people have benefited from the camp.
* As CJI, Justice Gogoi will be heading the bench of the top court that, for the first time in its history, will face a camera inside the courtroom for live-streaming of the proceedings.
* Justice Gogoi has also been heading a bench in the apex court that is monitoring the preparation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in his home state Assam. The bench has been supervising the process of updating the NRC, prepared to identify residents of the state and weed out illegal migrants.
* Justice Gogoi has also been overseeing the case relating to setting up of special courts across the country to exclusively hear and decide on criminal cases against sitting Members of Parliament and State Assemblies.
* Justice Gogoi is also heading a bench looking over the progress in the appointment of Lokpal and Lokayuktas.
* He was also hearing Central Bureau of Investigation’s appeal against the acquittal of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the sensational Arushi Talwar murder case.
* Justice Gogoi is likely to head the bench or form a new bench to hear Ayodhya dispute case, which is slated for hearing on October 29.
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