Ranjan Gogoi’s RS Nomination Calls All His Judgments Into Question, Says Legal Expert

In India, where the Supreme Court is not only a constitutional court but also the final arbiter of political questions, the political detour taken by former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi raises questions about the judiciary’s independence, said Faizan Mustafa, a senior law professor and constitutional law expert.

On 16 March, President Ram Nath Kovind nominated Gogoi, who retired as India’s Chief Justice in November, to the Rajya Sabha, sparking controversy. He is the first former Chief Justice of India to be nominated to the Upper House of the Parliament.…

“The legal term res ipsa loquitur, which means facts speak for themselves, applies here. When a former CJI gets a Rajya Sabha nomination after he passes judgments after judgments that favour the government, the facts speak for themselves,” Mustafa told HuffPost India in an interview.…

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Outrage greets nomination of Ranjan Gogoi to the Rajya Sabha (Mar 17, 2020, The Telegraph)

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‘Sad day for judiciary’: Two ex-SC judges, Opposition parties condemn Gogoi’s Rajya Sabha nomination (Mar 17, 2020, Scroll.in)

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Appointments After Retirement: A Tale of Two Gogoi Brothers (Mar 17, 2020, The Wire)

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Member of panel that picked Jamia V-C changes mind, tells President: Remove her (Mar 18, 2020, Indian Express)

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