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Outgoing CJI Dipak Misra holds court for the last time amid a prayer wishing him a long life

Outgoing CJI Dipak Misra (left), his successor Ranjan Gogoi (right). File Photo.

Outgoing Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra held his last court on Monday, along with successor Ranjan Gogoi stopped a lawyer who started singing to wish him a long life and said he was “responding from the heart” but would speak from his mind in the evening, PTI reported.

The lawyer sang a popular line, ‘Tum jiyo hazaaron saal (May you live for a 1000 years)” when Misra stopped him and said, “Presently I am responding from my heart. I will respond from my mind in the evening.”

CJI Misra was part of a recent chain of verdicts that have created history, including the verdict on Aadhaar and Section 377.

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Justice Gogoi will take over from the outgoing CJI on October 3.

Justice Gogoi, born on November 18, 1954, had joined the Bar in 1978. He was appointed as permanent judge of the Gauhati High Court on February 28, 2001 and later transferred to the Punjab & Haryana High Court on September 9, 2010. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court on February 12, 2011 and elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012.

Justice Gogoi, due to take charge as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court after Justice Dipak Misra retires on 2 October 2018, will have a tenure of 1 year, 1 month and 14 days until he retires on 17 November 2019.

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Earlier, India Legal reported that Justice Ranjan Gogoi would take over as the next CJI.

Earlier, the Supreme Court of India dismissed the plea challenging the appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India, saying the petition was “devoid of merits”. “We are of the view that it is not the stage to interfere (with the appointment),” a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said.

The petitioners who are advocates R P Luthra and Satyaveer Sharma had claimed that the judges “tried to arouse public furor in the country in the names of certain internal differences in this court”.

“This act of the four senior-most judges of the court was not less than a sabotage to the judicial system of the country,” stated the plea.

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