The Central Government has clarified its stand on the selection of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was asked in a press conference on Monday whether the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will be Ranjan Gogoi or not.
In response to this, he said that there should be no doubt about the central government's commitment. We have a tradition here, "the current Chief Justice recommends the name of his successor. After the recommendation, the government will look at it."
It is noteworthy that four senior judges had raised a historic press conference raising questions about the allocation of the administrative functions and lawsuits of the current Chief Justice Deepak Mishra Justice. Among them, now included retired judge J Chelameswar, besides Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan Bhimrao Lokur and Justice Kurien Joseph.
After the retirement of Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi is the second most senior judge in the Supreme Court. Ravi Shankar Prasad also made a statement about the appointment of judges to the Memorandum of Procedure. He said, "In this regard, the Chief Justice headed by the collegium has forwarded the recommendation to the government, whose file is with the government. Discussions are going on in this regard, but till now nothing has been finalized.
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