The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition which was filed by an advocate RP Luthra as an initiative to prevent the appointment of justice Ranjan Gogoi as the CJI from October 3rd. The dismissal declared by the apex court came from the bench headed by current CJI, Dipak Misra. The court’s judgment claimed that the petition had absolutely no merit and hence had to be dismissed.
The petition challenged the appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next CJI and was filed by Luthra in person, who while filing the case had orally mentioned for an urgent hearing. In their plea, they had said that they were seeking adjudication on the question of law relying on the contents of the press conference which took place in the month of January.
“This act of the four senior-most judges of the court was not less than a sabotage to the judicial system of the country. They tried to arouse public furor in the country in the country in the names of certain internal differences in this court” read apart of the plea.
The petition had also additionally claimed that the act of Respondent 1 and Respondent 2‘is illegal and unconstitutional and also against the canons of law because of the appointment on the highest post of the judiciary has been awarded to a person who is guilty of committing judicial and impropriety and judicial misconduct.”
Gogoi was appointed as the next Chief Justice of India by the President on September 3rd by the President. He was about to be appointed and be a part of the oath-taking ceremony on October 3rd after the current chief justice CJI retires.
As the 46th CJI, his tenure is supposed to extend till November 17, 2019, over a duration of 13 months. Currently, the bench headed by Gogoi is looking into the matter of the Assam NRC and also dealing with the plea seeking appointment of the Lokpal.