Justice Ranjan Gogoi was sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India, today. He will be replacing justice Dipak Misra who previously held office from August 28, 2017.

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Justice Gogoi is the first person from the Northeast to hold the highest office of the Supreme Court. The oath of office was administered to him during a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan’s Durbar Hall by President Ram Nath Kovind.

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The 63-year-old Justice Ranjan Gogoi will have a short tenure of 13 months as he is set to retire on November 17, 2019.

In a keynote address in Delhi organised by the Youth Bar Association of India, he said

Two things are troubling me--pendency of case, which brings in a lot of disrepute to courts, and providing justice to the poverty-stricken population.

He wants to provide access to justice to the poor by clearing all the backlogged cases.

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Justice Ranjan Gogoi hails from Assam. He began his career as an advocate in 1978 in the Gauhati High Court. He was then appointed as a judge there in 2001. He became the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2011 and was later elevated as a judge of Supreme Court in 2012.

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During his tenure as a Supreme Court judge, he was part of a number of critical verdicts. He was also a part of the January 11 press conference which was called by the four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court which cleared issues pertaining to the administration of the top court and allocation of cases to junior judges.