New Delhi: Justice Ranjan Gogoi has taken over as the Chief Justice of India following his swearing-in by President Ram Nath Kovind and there is a bunch of cases requiring his attention. Gogoi would begin his stint by hearing cases later in the day. Among the cases are the Ayodhya title suit and the National Register for Citizens (NRC) in Assam. (Also read: Outgoing CJI Says Ours Most Robust Judiciary)
In the NRC case, at the next hearing, CJI Gogoi will decide whether to allow ration cards as evidence of citizenship of those excluded from the draft. At least 40 lakh people do not have their names in the draft NRC. The bench, which also has Justice RF Nariman, has refused to share details of the information on those excluded from the list with the Centre.
Then, CJI Gogoi will have to decide on the three-judge bench to hear the Ayodhya case and when the hearing should commence. Reports suggest that while Justices Ashok Bhushan and Abdul S Nazeer, who heard the case along with CJI Misra, could be part of the new bench, but CJI Gogoi can waive it too.
While he has already expressed his disappointment with the pace at which the Government is moving, CJI Gogoi will also have to take a call on the appointments of Lokpal and Lokayukts. Fast-track courts set up to try tainted politicians is another issue that would come before Gogoi. At the last hearing, he had expressed his unhappiness with the Centre’s affidavit.
Justice Gogoi was among the four judges who had questioned CJI Dipak Misra allocating politically sensitive cases to benches headed by ‘junior’ judges so he is likely to face scrutiny himself.
At CJI Misra’s farewell function, Gogoi had said the only way to prevent people of different ideologies from hating, despising and killing each other was not to give up on their personal beliefs but test them against the touchstone of constitutional morality.