Posted on March 19, 2020, 1:24 PM IST
Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi became the first ex-CJI to take t oath as a Member of the Rajya Sabha today. He was nominated to the Upper House by President Ram Nath Kovind. He has been allotted seat number 131 in the House.
Meanwhile members from the Congress party and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) vehemently opposed Gogoi’s appointment and walked out of the Rajya Sabha. The Communist Party of India, DMK and MDMK also joined the protest.
Justice Gogoi was nominated on March 16, four months after his retirement in November 2019. Justice Gogoi’s nomination to the Rajya Sabha has not found favour with retired Supreme Court judges like justices Madan Lokur, AK Patnaik and Kurian Joseph who have spoken out against it. But Gogoi has defended his nomination, saying that he accepted the offer because of his conviction that the legislature and judiciary must work together for nation-building.
“My presence in Parliament will be an opportunity to project the views of the judiciary before the legislature and vice versa”, he said. He added he had given the nomination a considerable thought before agreeing to take accept it.
He is also the second CJI to become a Rajya Sabha MP after justice Ranganath Misra, who was elected as a Congress lawmaker from Odisha.