New Delhi: In a significant development, President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday night nominated former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to the Rajya Sabha. Also Read - SA Bobde Succeeds Ranjan Gogoi, Becomes 47th Chief Justice of India
“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-clause (a) of clause (1) of 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 members,” the notification said.
The first person from the Northeast to reach the top of the judiciary, Gogoi retired as CJI on November 17 last year. He was India’s 46th chief justice. Gogoi is credited for bringing the curtains down on Ayodhya land dispute.
The notification by the MHA further stated that the nomination for Ranjan Gogoi has been made to fill the vacancy caused due to the retirement of one of the nominated member.
Apart from delivering the Ayodhya verdict, Gogoi is also remembered as one of the key judges for delivering judgement on cases including Rafale jet fighter deal.
Gogoi was also part of the Supreme Court benches that referred the Sabrimala case to a seven-judge bench. He had also brought the office of the CJI under the Right to Information Act. Apart from this, Gogoi was also responsible for pushing the National Register of Citizens for Assam.