It is now widely speculated that Justice Ranjan Gogoi will assume charge as next Supreme Court Chief Justice of India.
Justice Gogoi, it need be mentioned, is the second senior most judge in the Supreme Court.
The speculations have picked up momentum after Chief Justice Dipak Misra is now likely to endorse Justice Gogoi’s name as his successor.
This is as per the tradition of naming the judge next in seniority as the chief justice.
Justice Gogoi, sources say, will be the Chief Justice till November 17 of next year.
It is also known that Union Law Ministry a few days ago asked Chief Justice Dipak Misra to recommend his successor.
However, Justice Ranjan Gogoi was among the four judges who in January, criticised Chief Justice Misra in a rare press conference.
He is currently hearing the Assam National Register of Citizens or NRC issue.
Justice Gogoi, who was elevated to the Supreme Court in 2012, is known to be a soft-spoken but tough judge.>