New Delhi, September 1: Justice Ranjan Gogoi has been named the next Chief Justice of India. He will succeed CJI Dipak Misra.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had asked Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra to recommend the name of his successor, setting in motion the process of change of guard in the Supreme Court.
Justice Misra retires on October 2.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi is the senior-most judge of the top court after the CJI.
Speculations over Justice Gogoi's appointment as the next CJI emerged following an unprecedented press conference by four senior-most judges, including Justice Gogoi, in January this year when they had criticised Justice Misra over various issues, especially the manner of allocation of cases to certain benches.
As per the Memorandum of Procedure which governs the appointment of members of the higher judiciary, "appointment to the office of the Chief Justice of India should be of the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court considered fit to hold the office".
With PTI Report