New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in a letter to the government recommended Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde as his successor.
Justice Gogoi, in his letter, has reportedly recommended that the government start the process of appointing Justice SA Bobde as the next Chief Justice of India. Justice Bobde is number 2 in seniority after Justice Gogoi.
Justice Bobde will have a tenure of one year and five months as CJI till April 23, 2021. Justice Bobde is a former Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
As per convention, the sitting chief justice sends the recommendation of the senior-most judge as the successor, nearly a month before retirement. Gogoi, who retires as the CJI on November 17 this year, has headed the Supreme Court in significant cases, including the Ayodhya title dispute and the National Register of Assam.
The CJI had also put forth a proposal to raise the retirement age of high court judges to 65 years from the current 62. “The immediate result – there will be a freeze of retirement for three years.