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Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the 46th Chief Justice of India – Immediate Challenges

Justice Ranjan Gogoi has been sworn-in as the 46th Chief justice of India. The Current CJI succeeds Justice Dipak Mishra. Justice Ranjan Gogoi is the first Chief Justice from north east region of the country. He started his legal career in 1978 and practiced mainly at Guwahati High Court. He was appointed as permanent judge of Guwahati High Court on 28th February 2001. After serving at Guwahati High Court for 9 years he was transferred to Punjab and Harayan High Court in 2010. In 2011 he was appointed as chief justice of Punjab and Harayana High Court. He was elevated as judge of Supreme Court in 2012.

 Immediate Challenges :

1) Pendency of cases :  The Current chief Justice has opined in various public function and gathering that huge  pendency of cases is a disrespect to judiciary as it puts a question mark on the institution which has been entrusted with the responsibility of justice delivery. The issue of pendency of court cases and a proper scheme for reducing the backlog will be the legitimate expectation of Nation from the current CJI.

2) Appointment of Judges : The backlog in the appointment of Judges has also been addressed by the current chief Justice as a matter of eminent danger to the democratic setup of India.  The  current CJI will  have to devise a mechanism for reducing the complexity involved in appointment of judges.

3) Trust in Apex Court : The chief Justice of India who was a part of unprecedented press conference expressed his  displeasure over working of Supreme Court. The Current CJI  will have to repose the trust of people in  Union Judiciary.

4) Master of Roster : The next challenge with the current CJI would be to deal with the issue of Master of Roster which he himself during the tenure of his successor has addressed as all is not well regarding the usage of this authority.

With the above stated awaiting challenges, Asian Law College extends heartiest  welcomes to  the current Chief Justice of India, and the institution firmly believes that in the time to come the current Chief Justice of India-who is known as a strict and disciplined professional-will contribute immensely through  his legal intellect by delivering prospective  judgments and  creating precedents  which will serve as guideline  for proper governance of the country and its citizens.

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