New Delhi, March 19: Amid chants of “shame”, Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi took oath as a member of Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
Congress who chanted “shame” and termed the appointment as an assault o on the independence of the judiciary, walked out in the middle of the oath as a protest.
Welcoming Justice Gogoi, union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said”Rajya Sabha has a great tradition of many eminent persons coming from diverse fields, including former Chief Justices. Justice Gogoi who has taken oath today will surely contribute his best. It was grossly unfair to do that (Congress walkout).”
Justice Gogoi’s wife Rupanjali Gogoi, daughter, and son-in-law were present in parliament.
Gogoi has said that he will reveal in detail why he accepted the offer of becoming a member of the upper house of the Parliament.
Brinda Karat also criticized and said his acceptance raises credibility on the Supreme Court as an independent institution.
“I have accepted it since I have a strong conviction that the legislative and the judiciary must at some point of time work together for nation-building. My presence in parliament will be an opportunity to project the views of the judiciary before the legislature and vice versa,” he said on Tuesday.