Ranjan Gogoi served as the Chief Justice from October 2018 to November 2019.
Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi Nominated to Rajya Sabha: Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has been nominated to Rajya Sabha. Gogoi has served as the chief justice from October 2018 to November 2019. “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-clause (a) of clause (1) article 80 of the Constitution of India, read with clause (3) of that article, the President is pleased to nominate Shri Ranjan Gogoi to the Council of States to fill the vacancy caused due to the retirement of one of the nominated member,” the notification issued by the government stated.
Moments after the developmets, Congress communication in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala shared some of the old articles in which concerns were raised about public trust in judiciary. The Congress leader also shared a tweet by sitting cabinet minister Piyusg Goyal who had advocated for no post-retirement jobs for judges.
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“We have gone too far in creating post retirement avenues for judges. Desire of a post-retirement job influences pre-retirement judgement,” Goyal had written in September 2013. Sharing this on Monday, Surjewala wrote: “I agree with Modi’s Cabinet Minister.”
Gogoi was nominated after a vacancy was created due to retirement of KTS Tulsi. Gogoi retired as the chief justice last year in November. During his stint at Supreme Court, he delivered judgements in several high-profile cases such as women’s entry in Sabarimala temple, Rafale fighter jet deal and Ayodhya land dispute.
Gogoi was also among the four senior Supreme Court judges who held the historic press conference in January 2018.
Months after this, he became the chief justice of Supreme Court of India.
As per the Constitution, the President can nominate 12 members (to Rajya Sabha) having special knowledge or experience in literature, science, art and social service.