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Justice Ranjan Gogoi, first from northeast, takes oath as Chief Justice

He succeeds Justice Dipak Misra who demitted office on October 2

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ranjan Gogoi, CJI
Justice Ranjan Gogoi takes oath as the Chief Justice of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who on Wednesday sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India, is the first person from the Northeast to reach the top position of judiciary and will have a tenure of a little over 13 months before retiring on November 17, 2019.

He succeeds Justice who demitted office on October 2.

had hit the headlines in January by holding a controversial press conference along with three other senior-most judges of the top court in which they virtually revolted against the then over certain contentious issues.

He later remarked at a public function that "independent judges and noisy journalists are democracy's first line of defence".

A "revolution, not reform" was needed to keep the institution of judiciary serviceable for the common man, had said at the same function.

Last week, at another public function, he had mentioned about his priority as the to combat the backlog of cases.

On Monday at the farewell function for Justice Misra, was said people are divided "more than ever" along the lines of caste, religion and ideology and what one should wear, eat or say are no longer insignificant questions about personal life.

The judge was of the view that beliefs must be constantly evaluated on the touchstone of constitutional morality which must prevail when there arises any doubt or conflict and had said this is true patriotism to the Constitution.

Justice Gogoi brushed aside the claims that the system had not fared well and said despite odds, a number of judges were committed to the cause.

"System has done well. In spite of odds we have a lot of committed judges committed to the cause and they will continue to be committed regardless of the inadequacies in terms of remuneration, in spite of the possibilities of abuse of their names," Justice Gogoi had said, adding, "We don't have to be alarmed of that. It comes with the system".

Justice Gogoi hails from Dibrugarh in and was born on November 18, 1954.

He did his schooling in Don Bosco School Dibrugarh before studying history in Delhi University's St Stephen's College.

Son of former chief minister Keshab Chandra Gogoi, he was enrolled as an advocate in 1978. He practised in the on constitutional, taxation and company matters.

He was appointed as a permanent judge of the on February 28, 2001.

On September 9, 2010, he was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He was appointed the chief justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 12, 2011 and then a judge of the on April 23, 2012.

Justice Gogoi has delivered various significant judgements, including Assam's Register of Citizens (NRC), setting up of special courts to exclusively try MPs and MLAs, Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts for remission of their life sentences and appointment of anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal among others.

First Published: Wed, October 03 2018. 13:50 IST