Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Sources have told WION that Justice Ranjan Gogoi will become the 46th Chief Justice of India on October 2 this year.
The sources said current CJI Dipak Misra is likely to send Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s name to the law ministry as official confirmation that he take over after Misra demits office.
With a month to go for CJI Dipak Misra to demit the highest judicial office, speculation had been rife that the succession might take an ugly turn.
According to convention, the outgoing CJI recommends the name of the second seniormost judge of the Supreme Court as his successor. There are no two ways about the fact that Justice Ranjan Gogoi is the second seniormost judge, and therefore due to be elevated to the post of CJI.
There had earlier been rumours about the government introducing a bill to increase the retirement age of judges, but the speculation was put to rest by the law ministry.