Born on November 18, 1954, Justice Gogoi was enrolled as an advocate in 1978. (Photo Credit: PTI File Photo)
After week-long hectic schedule that started with landmark Ayodhya ruling and concluded with Rafale verdict, Friday happened to be a very quiet last working day for outgoing Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. He sat with Chief Justice-designate SA Bobde in Court number 1 and issued notices in all 10 cases listed for Friday. CJI Gogoi retires on November 17. Though there will be a farewell party for the CJI, technically speaking, he can still preside over in an emergency situation till November 17.
Justice Gogoi took over as the 46th CJI of India in March, 2018. Born on November 18, 1954, Gogoi was enrolled as an advocate in 1978. He practised in the Gauhati high court on constitutional, taxation and company matters. He was appointed as a permanent judge of the Gauhati high court on February 28, 2001. On September 9, 2010, he was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana high court. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana high court on February 12, 2011 and then a judge of the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012.
After CJI Gogoi’s term ends, Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde will take oath as the new Chief Justice of India on November 18. On October 18, outgoing CJI Ranjan Gogoi had started the process of the appointment of his successor. As per the set traditions, he wrote a letter to the Central Government recommending Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde as the next Chief Justice of India.
With a tenure of eight years in Supreme Court of India, Justice Bobde was in line to be the next Chief Justice of India. Justice Bobde has served as former Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court. He will serve as CJI till his retirement on 23 April 2021. Justice Gogoi, who was sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India on October 3, 2018, will demit the office on November 17. The chief justice has gone by the convention to recommend the name of the next senior judge after him as his successor.