Punjab and Haryana high court chief justice Ranjan Gogoi would likely be sworn in as judge of the Supreme Court on Friday. The high court had on Wednesday received warrants regarding elevation of justice Gogoi as the apex court judge. As per available information, he is expected to leave for New Delhi on Thursday evening.
Justice Gogoi's name was cleared by the Supreme Court collegium last month. Hailing from Assam, he started legal practice in 1978 in Guwahati high court and was appointed as permanent judge of that court in February 2001.
He was transferred to Punjab and Haryana high court on September 9, 2010, and later elevated as chief justice on February 12 last year after the post fell vacant on the retirement of the then chief justice Mukul Mudgal.
After chief justice Gogoi, justice MM Kumar is the seniormost judge in the high court who has also functioned as acting chief justice earlier in the absence of the former. However, justice MM Kumar's name has also been cleared by the Supreme Court for elevation as chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir high court. Next in seniority is justice Jasbir Singh.