Ranjan Gogoi


23rd Apr 2012 - 17th Nov 2019

Justice Ranjan Gogoi belongs to the State of Assam. He is the son of the former Chief Minister of Assam, Late Keshab Chandra Gogoi. He joined the Bar in 1978 and practised at the Gauhati High Court. On 28th February 2001, he was appointed as permanent Judge of Gauhati High Court.

Justice Gogoi transferred to the Punjab & Haryana High Court in 2010. On 12th February 2011, he was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court.

Justice Gogoi was elevated as the Judge of the Supreme Court on 23rd April, 2012. He will succeed Chief Justice Dipak Misra to become the Chief Justice of India in October 2018, until November 2019, the first judge from North East India to hold the CJI post.

Notable judgements

He was a part of the bench that passed the judgement that ushered new electoral reforms by ruling that no one can contest elections without making a full and honest disclosure about his/her assets and educational and criminal antecedents.

He was a part of the bench that held that women cannot not become a Karta of a joint family, though they can be the managers in some particular circumstances.

He was a part of the Bench that restrained ruling parties from publishing photographs of political leaders or prominent persons in government-funded advertisements.

He was a part of the bench that held that appointments of Archakas in temples will have to be made in accordance with the Agamas (treatises pertaining to matters like construction of temples; installation of idols and conduct of worship of the Deity), but more importantly, subject to conformity with Constitutional mandates and principles.

He was a part of the Supreme Court bench which commuted the death sentence of Govindaswamy, a convict in the rape and murder of 23-year-old Soumya, to a seven-year jail term, after dropping the murder charge against him.

He was a part of the Supreme Court bench that declined to attribute a backward status to the Jat community.

He was a part of the seven-judge Bench, headed by Justice Khehar that issued a contempt order against Justice C. S. Karnan on the charge of contempt of Court and degrading the judiciary.


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