On his last day at work, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi sat in court no. 1 for 4-min hearing with his successor SA Bobde by his side, issued notices in all ten cases presented before him and penned a note where he spoke of the judiciary’s need to ‘maintain silence while exercising their freedom’.
After a hectic week where he decided landmark cases such as the Ayodhya title dispute, Rafale defense deal, entry of women into Sabarimala temple and bringing CJI in RTI Act ambit, the Chief Justice retires on November 17.
In the note, he released on Friday, 64-year-old Gogoi while mentioning that some bar members ‘push the boundaries of freedom’, said the bench required its judges to remain silent.
“This is not to say that judges do not speak… but do so only out of functional necessity, and no more,” said Gogoi, who took over as the CJI on October 3, 2018.