Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra recommends the name of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as his successor

[dropcap]G[/dropcap]iving rest to all speculations, the incumbent Chief Justice of India, DipakMisra has recommended name of Justice RanjanGogoi, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, as his successor. Department of Justice under the Union Ministry of Law and Justice is likely to notify the appointment of Justice Gogoi as the Chief Justice of India in a few days to come.

Before that file will go to the President of India routed through the Prime Minister, for issuing warrant of appointment of Justice Gogoi as the CJI.  He will take over as the next CJI on October 3, 2018 when the incumbent, CJI DipakMisra, retires. Justice Gogoi will have tenure in the office of CJI for more than a year till November 17, 2019

Earlier, the Law Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, in terms of the existing Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) governing the method to be followed while forwarding the name of next CJI to the President of India, had written to the CJI seeking recommendation from the present CJI for his successor’s name. Following the convention of seniority, the present CJI decided to observe the same and therefore recommended Justice Gogoi to be his successor.

Ever since the press conference by four senior-most judges, namely Justice JastiChelameswar (since retired), Justice RanjanGogoi, Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph of the Supreme Court on January 12, 2018 questioning the administrative functioning of the CJI DipakMisra, speculations were doing rounds whether Justice RanjanGogoi would be superseded by the executive or his name would be recommended by the CJI, DipakMisra or not. Now, the things are clear, CJI has followed convention of seniority keeping aside all the differences, while recommending the name of Justice Gogoi.