Ranjan Gogoi sworn in as 46th Chief Justice of India updates: Tackling massive backlog, fast-tracking crucial cases tops new CJI's agenda

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Ranjan Gogoi sworn in as 46th Chief Justice of India updates: Tackling massive backlog, fast-tracking crucial cases tops new CJI's agenda
  • 11:42 (IST)

    Five things to know about 46th CJI Ranjan Gogoi

    46th Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi was administered oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind today. He succeeds Dipak Misra. 

    • Born in Assam's Dibrugarh, Gogoi is the first from North East India to be appointed Chief Justice of India.
    • Gogoi has close to 23 years of experience practicing as a lawyer, and over 10 years of experience as a serving high court judge. 
    • Gogoi was appointed Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2011 before being sworn-in as a Supreme Court judge in 2012. 
    • He was one of the four judges to publicly air his grievances in an unprecedented press conference.
    • He is also one of the few judges to have made public his assets and liabilities on the Supreme Court of India Website. 

  • 11:26 (IST)

    All eyes will remain on how CJI Gogoi tackles roster of SC judges

    Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, then the second-senior-most member of the Collegium, had participated in an unprecedented press conference of Supreme Court judges where he raised several problems that in his opinion were ailing the  judiciary. However, at the heart of the matter remained the friction over allocation of key cases, and how the then CJI Dipak Misra decided the roster.

    The Supreme Court, later held that the CJI was indeed master of the roster and was entitled to allocate cases to whichever judge he presumes fit as part of his administrative duties. However, several questions were raised on the transparency or the so-called arbitrariness of the process, with the four dissenting judges insinuating that the senior-most judges were being kept away from key cases. It will be interesting to watch if at all Gogoi attempts to reform the set process. 

  • 11:26 (IST)

    Watch: CJI Ranjan Gogoi take oath of office and secracy 

  • 11:09 (IST)

    CJI Ranjan Gogoi has a 'plan' to tackle massive backlog of cases

    Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has indicated that one of the few things he looks forward to reform in the judiciary is the huge backlog of cases pending hearing. 

    Speaking at a session on Monday, Gogoi said that pendency of cases is bringing a disrepute to the system. However, he Gogoi said that he has a plan to combat this problem. 

     "This is a problem. I would request each of you to kindly give a thought to this and see how you can overcome this difficulty. I don’t think the task is really …. I have a plan and will unfold it and you are welcome to take part in that and participate in the process.”

  • 11:04 (IST)

    Justice Ranjan Gogoi to remain CJI till November 2019

    Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who was sworn-in as the 46th Chief Justice of India, will have a tenure of a little over 13 months and would retire on November 17, 2019. 

  • 10:56 (IST)

    Narendra Modi, Cabinet of Ministers, former PM Manmohan Singh amid those present for oath-taking ceremony

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Cabinet ministers including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad were present on the occassion. Others who were seen at the occassion included, BJP veteran leader LK Advani, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. 

  • 10:50 (IST)

    Ranjan Gogoi sworn-in as 46th Chief Justice of India 

    Ranjan Gogoi has been sworn-in as the 46th Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

  • 10:47 (IST)

    Oath taking ceremony of new CJI Ranjan Gogoi begins

  • 10:46 (IST)

    Justice Gogoi, who openly criticised Dipak Misra in judges' press conferene, praised him for revolutionary judgments 

    Justice Gogoi, who was among the four senior-most judges to virtually revolt against Justice Misra in January over various issues including assigning of cases in the apex court, praised the outgoing CJI for an "illustrious career".

     
    "As a judge, his greatest contribution to Indian jurisprudence has been on issues of Constitutional significance particularly with regard to civil liberties," he said.

  • 10:35 (IST)

    Supreme Court to assemble at 12 noon today, with Justice Ranjan Gogoi at helm 

    The Supreme Court, which usually assembles at 10.30 am will start operations at 12 noon today due to the swearing-in ceremony of Ranjan Gogoi. Gogoi will be sworn-in as India's 46th Chief Justice. 

  • 10:26 (IST)

    A look at some of recent important judgments by Justice Ranjan Gogoi

    • In May 2018, a bench including Justice Gogoi revoked a proposal from the Uttar Pradesh government that allowed all former chief ministers to retain their official residences
    • Justice Gogoi also passed a judgment prohibiting the government from using photographs of anyone else except the Prime Minister, President and the Chief Justice of India for advertising purposes.
    • Justice Gogoi also headed the special Supreme court bench that is monitoring the updation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) meant for identifying illegal immigrants residing in Assam. 

  • 10:20 (IST)

    Justice Gogoi set to be first CJI from India's North East

    Born on 18 November, 1954, in Assam's Dibrugarh district, Justice Ranjan Gogoi joined the Bar on 18 November, 1954. Today, Gogoi would be sworn-in as the 46th Chief Justice of India, the first one to hail from one of seven North East states of India. 

  • 10:11 (IST)

    SC had dismissed petition challenging Justice Ranjan Gogoi's appointment as CJI

    The Supreme Court had dismissed a plea challenging the appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud said the issue did not need any interference of the court and dismissed it as "without merit".

    Petitioner advocate RP Luthra contended that his plea was dismissed without even letting him argue. The bench said: "We find that it is not a case we need to interfere. We do not find merit in this. Your writ of quo warranto is devoid of merit."

  • 09:49 (IST)

    Justice Gogoi has no liabilities, no house; former CJI Misra owned one flat on mortgage 

    According to the asset declaration of Supreme Court judges, the net worth and asset of both former CJI Dipak Misra and his successor Ranjan Gogoi have very little wealth as compared to the lawyers arguing cases before them. 

    Despite a long stint as a permanent judge of high court, and later Supreme Court, Gogoi owns no jwellery and that owned by his wife was gifted to her at the time of her wedding. He owns no house and no personal vehicle. He also has no outstanding debts or personal liabilities. 

    Similarly, Misra too does not own a vehicle, has two rings and a gold chain as jwellery and he owns a flat, which is currently under mortgage.  

  • 09:26 (IST)

    Ram Mandir case, Assam NRC to command new CJI Ranjan Gogoi’s attention 

    Amid a tumultuous fourteen-month tenure, former Chief Justice DipaK Misra also fast-tracked and heard several crucial matters. He leaves behind the historic Ayodhya land title dispute case, which is due to resume hearing in the apex court since an important matter related to it was decided. 

    Among other issues demanding the new CJI's attention would be the disputes arising out of Assam National Register of Citizens. A Supreme Court bench of Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman had said that the claims backed by 10 identity documents allowed by the court will continue for 60 days from 25 September. 

    Assam residents who failed to make it in the list, but have a genuine claim on Indian citizenship are also allowed to approach the apex court to seek their rights. 

  • 09:04 (IST)

    By tradition, CJIs appointed in order of seniority, but what does it mean?

    Whether the decision pertains to forming a collegium of the senior-most judges, or appointing the next Chief Justice of India, seniority of the judges is usually the parameter on which the collegium system of appointment largely functions. 

    However, seniority, here, is not defined by age, but by the number of years an individual has been serving as a judge of the apex court, among other parameters.

    In an instance where two judges have served for the exact same time, because they were appointed as SC judges on the same day, other factors are used to determine the seniority of the judges, like which judge has more years of experience in the high court and if either of them were nominated from the bar directly.

    This situation had arose ahead of the appointment of Dipak Misra, as both Justice Misra and Justice Chelameswar were sworn in on the same day as judges of the apex court on 10 October, 2011. Despite being four months younger, Justice Misra was anointed as the CJI in August 2017.

  • 08:57 (IST)

    How is the Chief Justice of India appointed?

    Surprisingly, the Constitution of India does not have any provision for criteria and procedure for appointing the CJI. Therefore, in the absence of a constitutional provision, the procedure relies on custom and convention. And the convention has been that the outgoing chief justice nominates the seniormost judge in the Supreme Court as his/ her successor. 

  • 08:48 (IST)

    Justice Ranjan Gogoi to take oath as Chief Justice of India

    Justice Ranjan Gogoi will take over as the new Chief Justice of India on Wednesday after former CJI Dipak Misra demitted office on Tuesday. Gogoi's swearing in will take place at around 10.40 am at the Supreme Court.  

    Justice Ranjan Gogoi will be administered the oath by President Ram Nath Kovind. 

Justice Ranjan Gogoi swearing in Latest updates: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has indicated that one of the few things he looks forward to reform in the judiciary is the huge backlog of cases pending hearing. Speaking at a session on Monday, Gogoi said that pendency of cases is bringing a disrepute to the system. However, he Gogoi said that he has a plan to combat this problem.

Justice Ranjan Gogoi is being administered oath of office as India's 46th Chief Justice by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan's Darbar Hall.

According to the asset declaration of Supreme Court judges, the net worth and asset of both former CJI Dipak Misra and his successor Ranjan Gogoi have very little wealth as compared to the lawyers arguing cases before them.

Justice Ranjan Gogoi sworn-in as 46th CJI. Image Courtesy: DD News

Justice Ranjan Gogoi sworn-in as 46th CJI. Image Courtesy: DD News

Despite a long stint as a permanent judge of high court, and later Supreme Court, Gogoi owns no jwellery and that owned by his wife was gifted to her at the time of her wedding. He owns no house and no personal vehicle. He also has no outstanding debts or personal liabilities.

Justice (retd) Dipak Misra leaves behind the historic Ayodhya land title dispute case, which is due to resume hearing in the apex court since an important matter related to it was decided. Among other issues demanding the new CJI's attention would be the disputes arising out of Assam National Register of Citizens.

Justice Ranjan Gogoi will take over as the new Chief Justice of India on Wednesday after former CJI Dipak Misra demitted office on Tuesday. Gogoi's swearing in will take place at around 10.40 am at the Supreme Court.

Earlier, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking dismissal of Gogoi's appointment. However, a bench of then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said the issue did not need any interference of the court and dismissed it as "without merit".

Petitioner advocate RP Luthra had contended that his plea was dismissed without even letting him argue.

The bench said: "We find that it is not a case we need to interfere. We do not find merit in this. Your writ of quo warranto is devoid of merit."

Luthra started his arguments saying it was yet to be decided whether the bench comprising the Chief Justice can hear his petition.

He contended that a press conference held on 12 January by four senior judges of the court including Justice Gogoi was a virtual revolt against Chief Justice Misra.

This, he argued, amounted to sabotaging the judicial system and Justice Gogoi should have been reprimanded for his "illegal and anti-institutional act".

With inputs from agencies


Updated Date: Oct 03, 2018 11:42 AM

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