The Union government on Thursday appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the 46th Chief Justice of India. According to a Law Ministry notification, Justice Gogoi will take oath on October 3.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi will succeed outgoing CJI Dipak Misra. Justice Gogoi’s tenure will last till November 2019.
Justice Gogoi is one of the four Supreme Court judges who had held an unprecedented press conference in January this year, raising concerns about the administration in the apex court, saying it was "not in order".
The other three were Justice J. Chelameswar (now retired), Justice M.B. Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph.
Justice Gogoi is from Assam and he headed the special bench that is monitoring the updation of the National Register of Citizens to identify citizens in that state.
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Born in 1954, Justice Gogoi joined the Bar in 1978. He was appointed a Permanent Judge of the Gauhati High Court on February 28, 2001.
He was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in September 2010 and went on to become its Chief Justice in February 2011. He was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court in April 2012.