New Delhi: Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra on Tuesday sent a letter to the Central Government recommending Justice Ranjan Gogoi as his successor. Justice Gogoi, the second senior-most judge in the Supreme Court, is likely to take charge on October 3, as the next Chief Justice of India.
Chief Justice Mishra was about to leave office on October 2nd, but since it is a national holiday, October 1st will be his last working day.
As per convention, the outgoing Chief Justice sends the recommendation for his successor to the government, 30 days before he is to leave office so that the Chief Justice-designate is named well in time.
The Union Law Ministry had last week written to the Chief Justice requesting him to recommend the name of his successor.
According to the Memorandum of Procedure, which governs the appointment of members of the higher judiciary, “appointment to the office of the Chief Justice of India should be of the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court considered fit to hold the office.”
Under this process, after receiving the Chief Justice of India’s recommendation, the law minister puts it before the prime minister who advises the president on the matter.
If the recommendation is cleared by the Centre, President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the oath of office to Justice Gogoi on October 3.
Justice Gogoi will become the first Supreme Court Judge from the north-east to be appointed as Chief Justice of India.