Indian next Chief Justice, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, described as independent, intelligent and courageous, has earned a reputation for bluntly speaking his mind. A few months ago he quoted: “independent journalists and sometimes noisy judges as democracy’s first line of defence”.
On Tuesday, actual Chief Justice Dipak Misra recommended to the government that the top court’s senior Judge Ranjan Gojoi come from the north-east where he had started legal practice as a lawyer 40 years ago. The soft-spoken judge made national headlines early this year when he, along with three other judges, went public in a move unprecedented in Supreme Court history, and said they had issues with the way in which the Chief Justice was allocating cases and running the court. This could have jeopardised his chances for his elevation but fortunately it didn’t and that shows the open mind of the hierarchy in the justice department in India.
Press now expected that he follows the way he sees judges at the Court. A few months ago he described, “independent journalists and sometimes noisy judges as democracy’s first line of defence”. He had also suggested that the judiciary should “certainly be more pro-active, more on the front foot. I will even go ahead to say that the institution, at all levels, needs to become more dynamic in the matters of interpretation of laws,” explained the judge.
India next Chief Justice Gojoi: “Independent journalists and noisy judges are democracy’s first line of defence”