Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Sources had told WION that CJI Misra had sent Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s name to the law ministry as official confirmation.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi is set to take over as the 46th Chief Justice of India on October 3.
According to reports, Gogoi was recommended for the top office by the current Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
CJI Mishra will retire on October 2, Justice Gogoi will remain in office till November 17, 2019.
Sources had told WION that CJI Misra had sent Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s name to the law ministry as official confirmation for him to take over after Misra demits office.
According to the 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.