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File photo of former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. (AP)
File photo of former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. (AP)

Ranjan Gogoi takes oath as MP in Rajya Sabha

President Ram Nath Kovind had on Monday cleared Gogoi’s name as a nominated member of the Upper House

NEW DELHI : Former chief justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday took oath as a Rajya Sabha member, amid sloganeering and a walkout by members of the Opposition.

President Ram Nath Kovind had on Monday cleared Gogoi’s name as a nominated member of the Upper House.

Rajya Sabha chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said the sloganeering was “very unfair and unbecoming" of the members of the Parliament. “We know the powers of the President of India, and we should not do anything in the House. Outside, you have the liberty to air your views," Naidu said after Gogoi took oath.

The Congress was of the view that the appointment of members of the judiciary to high offices like the Rajya Sabha should come after a cooling-off period.

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

Speaking to reporters, while leaving Parliament, Gogoi, who retired on 17th November 2019, said the members will welcome him very soon, and added that he had no critics.

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