India’s EX-Chief Justice, Ranjan Gogoi has been nominated by President Ram Nath Kovind for a Rajya Sabha seat on Monday.
On Monday, the Home Ministry notified that the President Ram Nath Kovind has nominated the Former Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi for the Rajya Sabha seat. With a maximum seat of 250 in the Rajya Sabha, 12 seats are nominated by the President. And President Kovind nominated Gogoi in the vacant seat after one of the members KTS Tulsi retired.
Rajan Gogoi is the 46th Chief Justice who has passed major judgements. One of his judgements includes the Adhodya case where he passed the final judgement for this longest case of India in November 2019. He also was part of the benches that ruled the Rafale fighter jet verdict and the entry of women in Sabrimala case.
His nomination for the Rajya Sabha seat has, however, gave rise to a lot of criticism. Gogoi who retired after completing his tenure of 13 years became the first former Chief Justice of India to be nominated to Rajya Sabha.
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President Ram Nath Kovind nominates former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to the Rajya Sabha. pic.twitter.com/zCDrFCqdou
— ANI (@ANI) March 16, 2020
“This is totally disgusting, a clear reward in quid pro quo. Semblance of independence of judiciary is totally destroyed,” senior advocate Dushyant Dave told @thewire_in about the Modi government's nomination of former CJI as a Rajya Sabha member.https://t.co/zqI4eBJ6hx
— The Wire (@thewire_in) March 16, 2020
Gogoi headed a five-judge bench that gave the verdict on the sensitive Ayodhya land dispute on November 9 last year. https://t.co/Vi2SMwr8nE
— The Telegraph (@ttindia) March 16, 2020
— NDTV (@ndtv) March 16, 2020