AGENCIES, Guwahati: Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who was nominated to the Rajya Sabha on Monday by President Ram Nath Kovind in an unprecedented move, said his presence in parliament will “be an opportunity to project the views of the judiciary before the legislative and vice-versa”.
Under criticism for accepting the nomination soon after demitting office of the CJI, Gogoi defended his decision. “I have accepted it since I have a strong conviction that the legislative and the judiciary must at some point of time work together for nation-building,” he said.
Justice Gogoi had retired in November last year after presiding over the Supreme Court for around 13 months.
No Chief Justice has been nominated before to the Upper House, usually dominated by celebrities and artistes, by the head of the state. And few members of the judiciary have crossed over to the space of legislature.
As a judge, Ranjan Gogoi had headed the constitution Bench that had delivered a landmark judgment in the temple-mosque dispute in Ayodhya. The court had handed the disputed 2.77-acre land for a temple and granted 5 acres for a mosque at an alternative location in Ayodhya.
He was also part of the Bench that gave a clean chit to the government in the case regarding the acquisition of the Rafale jets, saying there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the procurement of 36 fighter jets.