Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha by President Ram Nath Kovind.
A Gazette notification, issued on Monday by the joint secretary to the government of India, Sudhesh Kumar Shahi, said: “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-clause (a) of clause (1) of article 80 of the Constitution of India, read with clause (3) of that article, the President is pleased to nominate Shri Ranjan Gogoi to the Council of States to fill the vacancy caused due to the retirement of one of the nominated member.”
Ranjan Gogoi, who was the first-ever Justice from the northeastern states to become the Chief Justice of India (CJI), retired on November 17, 2019.
Justice Gogoi, who hails from Assam, took oath as the 46th Chief Justice of India on October 3, 2018.
During the last week of his judicial tenure, Justice Gogoi delivered several landmark judgments including the Ayodhya land dispute case.
The other most path-breaking judgments included the Rafale deal case and Sabrimala Temple case.
Before Ranjan Gogoi, there were also some names who had started their political journey after retirement as Chief Justice of India.
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Former Chief Justice Ranganath Mishra, who had joined the Congress, also became a Member of Parliament.
Former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam became the governor of Kerala who was appointed by the Narendra Modi government.
Earlier, senior BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyaya had written to the Prime Minister’s Office demanding that former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi be appointed as the chairman of the Law Commission of India.
In his letter, written on February 10, 2020, Upadhyaya claimed that the former CJI is the most eligible person for the post.