Centre Asks Chief Justice Dipak Misra To Recommend Successor

Centre Asks Chief Justice Dipak Misra To Recommend Successor

Centre Asks Chief Justice Dipak Misra To Recommend Successor (file image)

New Delhi:  Dipak Misra, the Chief Justice of India  retires in October and has been asked by the centre to recommend his successor, sources have told NDTV.

The law ministry usually writes to the Chief Justice, asking for his recommendation on the man who will replace him.

It is anticipated that Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the second senior most judge after Justice Misra, will be the next Chief Justice of India.

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In January, Justice Gogoi was among the four judges who criticised Chief Justice Misra in a rare press conference. Justice Misra was accused of misusing his role of assigning cases as the Supreme Court's Master of the Roster. Justice Gogoi is currently hearing the Assam NRC issue.

Justice Gogoi's name is likely to be made formal when Justice Misra replies to the Law Ministry letter. He has to name a successor at least one month before his retirement, i.e. October 2 .

In 2012, Justice Gogoi was elevated to the Supreme Court and is known to be a soft-spoken but tough judge.

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