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India’s Newly Appointed Chief Critical of Incumbent’s Record


7Dnews London

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:04 GMT

Indian Supreme Court judge Ranjan Gogoi will become the next chief justice on October 3rd, according to the Indian Department of Justice. He will succeed Dipak Misra, who is retiring. This year, Misra received unparalleled criticised from politicians and judges, including Gogoi.

Based on Gogoi's seniority, his appointment is in line with Misra’s recommendation this month, as per common practice, according to Reuters.

However, in January Gogoi, along with three other Supreme Court judges, publicly expressed concerns about judicial appointments and the distribution of cases under Misra's leadership. 

Lawmakers from seven opposition parties lobbied to impeach Misra in April this year. They accused him of hastily using his position to assign sensitive cases and of failing to protect judicial independence from executive interference.  

The petition was rejected by Vice President M. Venkaiah, who said that the allegations were "neither tenable nor admissible".