New Delhi: Justice Ranjan Gogoi is all set to be sworn in as the new Chief Justice of India (CJI) on October 3 by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi. Born on November 18, 1954, Gogoi will be the 46th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India. He will continue till November 17, 2019, a day before he turns 65 years old.

He son of Keshab Chandra Gogoi, who was the ninth Chief Minister of Assam in 1982 and was a Congress politician. Keshab Gogoi was also a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the state's Dibrugarh constituency.


Gogoi first joined the Bar in 1978 and practiced in the Gauhati High Court. He was made a Permanent Judge there on February 28, 2001. He was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on September 9, 2010, and became the Chief Justice there. He first became a judge of the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012.

Important rulings 

In May 2018, a bench including Justice Gogoi revoked a proposal from the Uttar Pradesh government that allowed all former chief ministers to retain their official residences.

Justice Gogoi, in a judgment, prohibited the government from using photographs of anyone else except the Prime Minister, President and the Chief Justice of India for advertising purposes.

Justice Gogoi also headed the special SC bench that is monitoring the National Register of Citizens (NRC) meant for identifying illegal immigrants residing in Assam. 

Cases he would decide

CJI Gogoi will have to grapple with some of the most divisive issues in his tenure till November 2019. He is expected to preside over the Ram Janmaboomi-Babri Masjid title suit and the National Register for Citizens.

The Supreme Court is monitoring the compilation of the NRC in Assam. It has ordered re-verification of 10% of the people in Assam, who were excluded from draft NRC published earlier this year. The case is going to come up soon.

Gogoi will also decide on the three-judge bench that will hear the Ayodhya case and when the hearings will commence.