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New Delhi: Former Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has been nominated as a member of Rajya Sabha.

In a notification issued by Home Ministry dated Monday, it was announced that President Ram Nath Kovind is nominating Gogoi to fill the vacancy originating due to retirement of one of the nominated members.

The maximum strength of Rajya Sabha is 250 members, out of which 12 are nominated by the President of India.

The nominated members are usually amongst persons having special knowledge or practical experience in literature, science, art and social service. Nearly a fifth of all Rajya Sabha seats are falling vacant and elections for them will take place on 26 March. The result, which is expected to impact the overall make of the House, will be out on the same day.

Gogoi was the 46th Chief Justice of India and held the post for a little over 13 months.

In his tenure, Gogoi passed a slew of key landmark judgments pertaining to government matters, religion, politics, and the applicability of law to his own office.

The most crucial among all was the judgement in the Ayodhya land dispute case — one of the oldest pending cases and also one with huge political, social and religious ramifications. An apex court bench, headed by Gogoi, announced the final verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case on 9 November, 2019, decades after the first suit in the case was filed in January 1950.

On 13 November 2019, Gogoi heading a constitution bench, passed a judgment re-emphasizing that nobody was above law. Expanding the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) applications, the Supreme Court upheld a Delhi high court judgement declaring the Chief Justice of India’s office as a “public authority" that falls under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

In another politically sensitive judgment, a three-judge bench, headed by Gogoi, and comprising Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph, on 14 November dismissed a review petition in the Rafale deal case. It also censured Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for wrongfully attributing the “Chowkidar chor hai" remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the top court. He also headed the bench that ruled on entry of women into Sabarimala temple.

Gogoi’s legacy is not restricted to just judicial matters. As the head of administration of the Supreme court, he also passed orders on making available the top court’s judgments in seven languages including English and Hindi.

Justice Gogoi's tenure as judge and as CJI was marked by some controversies and personal allegations but that never came in his way of his judicial work.

Anuja contributed to this story

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