With senior Supreme Court judge Arun Mishra openly praising the Prime Minister and former CJI Ranjan Gogoi 'gifted' with a ticket to the Rajya Sabha, the civil liberties of the dissenters and opponents seem to be compromised
There may be mixed reactions on the way the sexual harassment charges against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi were dealt with but absence of a mechanism to deal with such charges against sitting judges is the bigger worry.
Administrative decisions of a CJI form only a fraction of his legacy; a substantial chunk of it must emanate from judgments he has authored or been part of. And it is here that a stark contrast emerges between Dipak Misra and Ranjan Gogoi – both accused of doing the government’s bidding.
As soon as Chairman of the House M. Venkaiah Naidu made announcement for the swearing-in to begin for Gogoi as nominated member, Congress, DMK, CPM and IUML others stood up at their places and shouted slogans.
Gogoi, the first person from northeast to reach the top of the judiciary and credited for bringing the curtains down on the decades old politically and religiously sensitive Ayodhya land dispute, retired as the CJI on November 17 last year.