Justice Ranjan Gogoi was on Wednesday sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India. He succeeds Justice Dipak Misra. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to the 63-year-old Justice Gogoi at a brief ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan’s Darbar Hall. At an event held in the capital last week, Justice Gogoi said that taking on the burgeoning pendency figures will be a priority during his 13-month long tenure as the next CJI. Justice Misra had, on September 4, sent a letter to the Government of India, recommending Justice Gogoi’s name for the next CJI. As per convention, the outgoing CJI sends the recommendation about his successor 30 days before he is to demit office. The outgoing CJI usually recommends the name of the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court as his successor.
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