File photo: Attorney General KK Venugopal. Photograph:( Twitter )
KK Venugopal said that the CJI's age of retirement also needs to be increased.
After Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi's departure from the Supreme Court, newly appointed CJI, Sharad Arvind Bobde, was welcomed by the Supreme Court Bar Association on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion and welcoming Bobde, Attorney General of India KK Venugopal raised a rather unusual issue.
He said, "The CJI's tenure should be fixed for at least 3 years and the age of retirement needs to be increased".
Venugopal claimed that short tenures disable the CJI from making reforms and bring about big changes. While former CJI Ranjan Gogoi spent 13 months in office, current CJI SA Bobde will hold office for 17 months.
In 2018, former CJI Ranjan Gogoi had dismissed the idea of a fixed tenure for CJIs.
Gogoi had stated that there were some norms associated with judges' elevation especially with respect to their seniority. Gogoi further added that it may not be a good idea to deny a person the chance of becoming the CJI merely because his tenure would be short.
In 2014, the law commission had recommended fixing the term of the CJI, describing it as a necessary step required for the overhaul of judicial appointments.