Wife: Rupanjali Gogoi
Caste: Tai Ahom
Age: 64 Years
Some Lesser Known Facts About Ranjan Gogoi
- His father, Keshab Chandra Gogoi was the Chief Minister of Assam for two months in 1982.
- Before getting enrolled into a school, Ranjan and his brother Anjan did a toss to determine who would go to the Sainik School. Anjan won the toss and went to the Sainik School while Ranjan went to Don Bosco School.
- His brother, in an interview, revealed that Ranjan cleared the UPSC exam but didn’t see his future in it and told his father that he wanted to study law.
- In 1978, he was enrolled in the bar and started practising at the Gauhati High Court.
- On 5 August 1998, he lost his father.
- On 28th February 2001, he was appointed as a Permanent Judge of the Gauhati High Court.
- On 9th September 2010, he was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
- On 12 February 2011, he became the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
- He was elevated to the Judge of the Supreme Court on 23 April 2012.
- He has been involved in many high profile cases. He dismissed Reliance Communication’s appeal; challenging the demand of the Gujarat Government seeking ₹13 Crore as property tax.
- A bench led by Justice Gogoi also handled the case of JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar. He dismissed the petition; seeking a probe on the incidents of attack on Kanhaiya.
- He presided the bench that passed the judgment to introduce new electoral reforms by ruling that no one can contest elections without making a full and honest disclosure about his/her assets, educational, and criminal antecedents.
- He was also part of the bench that restricted ruling parties from publishing images of prominent persons or political leaders in government-funded advertisements.
- He is known for his strict conduct in the court.
- His bench received a lot of criticism on the judgment of Soumya Rape and Murder Case. The bench had set aside the murder charges and sentenced seven years of rigorous imprisonment to the culprits; against the sentence of life imprisonment awarded by the Trial Court.
- In January 2018, Gogoi with three other judges held an unprecedented press conference underlining the problems plaguing the Supreme Court. They accused Justice Mishra of not handling the case of the death of CBI Judge B.H.Loya. Post the conference, Justice Mishra condemned the press conference and accused the judges of tarnishing his image.
- On 14 September 2018, he was appointed as the Chief Justice of India with the term starting from 3 October 2018 to 17 November 2019.
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