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Justice Ranjan Gogoi took oath as 46th Chief Justice of India on Wednesday, becoming the first chief of the apex court from the northeast.
He was administered the oath of office at Rashtrapati Bhawan by President Ram Nath Kovind.
The dignitaries attended for the ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan's Darbar Hall were Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, and Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh, H.D. Deve Gowda, along with Leader of Congress Party in the Lok Sabha Malikarjun Kharge were as well present.
Justice Gogoi succeeds Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who resigned office on October 2. He will be in office for the period of 13 months and 15 days till November 17, 2019, when he will turn 65.
Justice Gogoi is one of the four senior-most judges of the top Court, who had risen in revolt against Justice Misra in January when they held a press conference criticizing him on the constitution of benches.
Justice Gogoi was enrolled as an advocate in 1978 and practiced at the Gauhati High Court of which he was made a Permanent Judge on February 28, 2001.
On September 9, 2010, he was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court and became its Chief Justice on February 12, 2011. He was raised as a Judge of the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012.
Speaking at a seminar earlier this week, Chief Justice Gogoi said: "Pendency is bringing a lot of disrepute. In fact, if I may say so, it has the potential of making the system irrelevant" and "I have a plan and will unfold it."