Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has written to government, recommending Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde as his successor.
According to News18, as per the convention, sitting chief sends the recommendation of the senior most judge as his successor around a month before retirement. Justice Gogoi, in his letter, has reportedly recommended that the government start the process of appointing Justice SA Bobde as the next Chief Justice of India. Justice Bobde is number 2 in seniority after Justice Gogoi. Justice Bobde is a former Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. He is due to retire on 23 April 2021.
Official Sources told PTI that Justice Gogoi wrote a letter to the Ministry of Law and Justice recommending Justice Bobde to be the next chief justice. Justice Gogoi, who was sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India on October 3, 2018, will demit office on November 17.
Official sources said the chief justice has gone by the convention to recommend the name of the next senior judge after him as his successor. Justice Gogoi as the Chief Justice has a tenure of 13 months and 15 days while Justice Bobde, who will be sworn in as CJI on November 18, will have a tenure of about 18 months. 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 CJI's recommendation, the law minister puts it before the prime minister who advises the president on the matter.
(Inputs from PTI)