Justice Ranjan Gogoi who is the second senior-most judge in the Supreme Court will be taking charge as the next Chief Justice of India on 3 October, said sources.
As per the reports, Chief Justice Dipak Misra will endorse the name of Justice Gogoi as his successor, preserving the convention of naming the judge next in the seniority as the chief justice, said the sources.
Justice Gogoi will serve in the capacity of the Chief Justice till 17 November next year.
This development comes after Law Ministry a couple of days ago when Chief Justice Dipak Misra was asked to nominate his successor. It is a tradition for the law ministry to write to the Chief Justice, seeking his recommendation on the man that would take his place.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi was among the four judges who criticised Chief Justice Dipak Misra in a rare press conference in January and accused him of misusing his role of allotting cases as Master of the Roster of the Supreme Court. He is lately hearing the Assam National Register of Citizens issue.
Justice Gogoi’s name is likely to be made official when Justice Misra replies to the letter written by the law ministry. He retires on 2 October and has to recommend a successor at least a month before that.
Justice Gogoi, who was elevated to the Supreme Court in the year 2012, is known to be a tough yet soft-spoken judge.