New Delhi: After taking oath as the 46th Chief Justice of India, CJI Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday said that “parameters” will be worked out for urgent mentioning and hearing of cases.
“We will work out the parameters then we will see as to how mentioning will be done,” he said at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
“If somebody is going to be hanged tomorrow, then we can understand (urgency)”, the CJI said.
President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to Justice Gogoi, 63, in the morning. He will have a tenure of a little over 13 months and will retire on November 17, 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated him, saying his experience and wisdom would benefit the country. “I congratulate Justice Ranjan Gogoi ji on taking oath as the Chief Justice of India. His experience, wisdom, insight and legal knowledge will benefit the country greatly. My best wishes for a fruitful tenure,” tweeted PM Modi.
Justice Misra had earlier this month recommended Justice Gogoi as his successor in accordance with the established practice of naming the senior-most judge after the CJI for the post.
Justice Gogoi had hit the headlines in January by holding a controversial press conference along with three other senior-most judges of the top court in which they virtually revolted against the then CJI over certain contentious issues.
He later remarked at a public function that “independent judges and noisy journalists are democracy’s first line of defence”.