New Delhi: The second senior most judge in the Supreme Court, Justice Ranjan Gogoi will be the next Chief Justice of India. He will take oath on October 3, sources said.
Incumbent Chief Justice of India Deepak Mishra, who is set to retire on October 2, has recommended his name to the Government for the post.
According to sources, Justice Gogoi will be the Chief Justice till November 17, 2019.
A few days ago, the Law Ministry asked the Chief Justice Deepak Mishra to recommend his successor. It is a convention for the Law Ministry to write to the Chief Justice asking for his recommendation on the person who will replace him.
If the recommendation is cleared by the Centre, Justice Gogoi will be administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi, born in 1954, joined the Bar Association in 1978. In 2001, Gogoi was appointed a judge in the Guwahati High Court.
He became the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 12, 2011.
He was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court in April 2012.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi was among the four judges who, in January this year, had criticised Chief Justice Misra in a rare press conference and accused him of misusing his role of assigning cases as the Supreme Court’s Master of the Roaster. He is currently hearing the Assam National Register of Citizens or NRC issue.