Even God Cannot Shake My Faith In CJI Ranjan Gogoi

Even if
God himself appears before me and says anything against this incumbent CJI
Ranjan Gogoi, I will say pointblank that, “You are God and can never speak
lies. But I consider this CJI Ranjan Gogoi as one who can never do anything
wrong. If you say anything against me I will immediately believe it. If you say
anything against anyone else I will certainly believe it. But if you say
anything against this CJI Ranjan Gogoi then certainly I will refuse to believe it.
If you feel bad then I can’t help it!”

Even if my own parents or my brother or my best friend Sageer Khan who
when I had lost my unflinching faith in Lord Shiva took a vow from me that I
shall always worship him till my last breath in 1994 or other friends whom I
love dearly say anything against this CJI Ranjan Gogoi, I will still just not
believe it. It is this CJI who inspite of qualifying for Civil Services opted
for law as a profession and it was this CJI who decided to give up his roaring
practice and become a Judge so that he can contribute for people’s welfare
invaluably! Even if hundred bullets pierce my heart they would not give me so
much of wound as these allegations against CJI have given me! No medicine can
heal them ever! If such allegations were made even against me I would have
still tolerated it but such serious allegations against this CJI who has always
enjoyed an totally impeccable reputation has shattered me to the hilt but my
unflinching faith in him still remains intact and shall always remain so in the
future also!
It was for the first time in my life that I had noticed that a CJI took
personal interest in filling up Judges vacancies at all levels. For the first
time vacancies of UP HJS were issued two times in a year which is unprecedented
never heard of before and even before the initial mains exams were held, fresh vacancies
were notified. All the aspirants at that point of time were full of praise for
him for having taken decisive action by ensuring that judicial vacancies are  promptly filled!
Not just this, more than 100 vacancies of UP HJS are scheduled to be
notified shortly. The same is true for other states. It is solely because this
CJI Ranjan Gogoi immediately on assuming office in October last year
immediately took suo motu notice of it and issued warning to all High Courts to
fill up vacancies immediately or else the power of appointing Judges would be
taken away from them and given either to UPSC or the Supreme Court will step in
to fill in the vacancies! Has any CJI ever before acted so swiftly to ensure
that judicial vacancies are filled up? Certainly not!
                                   It is this
same CJI Ranjan Gogoi who had earlier demonstrated zero tolerance against
corruption at all levels and had compelled a sitting Judge of Punjab and
Haryana High Court to resign after allegations surfaced of corruption against
that Judge! For first time in my entire life did I feel seriously that a CJI
wants to reform the judicial system and fill in all the vacancies! It is a fact
also which no one can deny!
                                      It is
heartening to note that this CJI Ranjan Gogoi is not afraid of any inquiry
because he has nothing to hide! Why did the concerned woman who has made
serious allegations against CJI Ranjan Gogoi not complained immediately against
him to the police? Why did she take such a long time to speak up?
                                     Why she
has not produced any clinching evidence to prove her point? Why did she keep
quiet for a long period? Why didn’t she immediately speak up? This itself
speaks for what is the real story!
    If any sane person goes
through his rulings they will speak for themselves what type of character he
has! He has never hesitated to take action against top politicians and top
bureaucrats and powerful people! Who can behave like this? Only an honest
person with an impeccable character!
                                   This alone
explains why in my humble article titled “CJI Ranjan Gogoi Is Determined To Ensure
Sweeping Changes In Judiciary” I have not praised him extravagantly but written
what is the real truth! We all know that it is this CJI Gogoi who has ensured
that no senior advocate is given out of turn hearing! It is this CJI who laid
down strict rules for arguing cases!
                                 I have no axe to grind
with this CJI and if in future I decide to ever practice in Supreme Court, he
(CJI Gogoi) would have retired by then as he has just few months left! So there
is no reason why I will ever bat for him for some vested cause! I will not hide
that I was certainly disappointed when he appreciated the issue of setting up a
high court bench in West UP as more than 9 crore people of 26 districts were
being compelled foolishly to  travel so
far to Allahabad just to attend a court hearing as there is no bench here
because both high court and single bench at Lucknow are in Eastern UP  but said that it was for Centre to take the
decision when a woman lawyer KL Chitra filed PIL  last year! When Centre fails to act for more
than 70 years in setting up a bench in West UP even though it lost no time to
set up a bench at Lucknow in 1948 on July 1 then judiciary must act and moreso
when the Bench issue is directly connected with judiciary and when Justice
Jaswant Singh Commission also had categorically recommended that a high court
bench must be set up in West UP! But that has certainly not shaken my unflinching
faith in him and his personal integrity!
                           It was Justice Gogoi who had ruled in 2013
that no one could contest elections without a full and honest disclosure of
their assets and also their educational and criminal antecedents. It was
Justice Gogoi who in August 2018 led a Bench that instructed Centre to put in
place special courts for the speedy trial of criminal cases involving
politicians! It was Justice Gogoi who wanted that reservations for Scheduled
Castes should be state specific and kept Jats out of the ambit of OBCs in
central services as he felt that they are well off which certainly cannot be
                                     Even if
some inquiry panel finds him guilty, even if a retired Supreme Court Judge
finds him guilty, even if all the Supreme Court Judges speak against him, even
if the Lokpal speaks against him, even if the entire nation speaks against him,
even if the whole world speaks against him still I will always trust him fully
because it is in this CJI that I felt for first time an urge to change the
system and to wipe out the rot prevalent in the system! I have every right as a
citizen of India to have my own view and no one can force his/her views on me!
I am sure that truth will certainly prevail sooner or later! CJI’s reputation
has certainly suffered immensely but I rate character as far more important
than reputation! This is because I very strongly believe that, “When you lose
your reputation, you fall in the eyes of others but when you lose your character
you fall in your own eyes”!
I am hundred percent certain that CJI Ranjan Gogoi’s character shall
always remain intact and no power can ever dent it even slightly and at the
risk of repetition let me say this again that not even God nor my parents nor anyone
else can shake my unflinching faith in this CJI who right from day one started
taking concrete steps like suo motu to fill up judicial vacancies and this
cannot be ever lost sight of! The reward he is getting is he has become first
CJI on whom so serious allegations have been levelled! Who will benefit if he
is removed from office? Those who didn’t like his dead honesty and his firm
determination not to give anyone any special treatment at any cost!
                              Let me make it very
clear: He (CJI Ranjan Gogoi) commands respect from me not just because he became
CJI but because his life speaks for itself and how he rejected power by
rejecting the prestigious Civil Services and simultaneously money also by
accepting Judgeship instead of continuing with his roaring practice just like
other senior lawyers where he could have made huge amount of money without any
difficulty! The money which he has made as a Judge is nothing! Even new law
graduates working under senior lawyers in higher courts earn more money than
                                  A Judge
values his reputation more than anything else! But I value character more than
reputation or anything else and with his character being uncompromising there
is no reason for him to worry on any score! This is what makes me also relaxed
when I think about him!    
Sanjeev Sirohi, Advocate,
s/o Col BPS Sirohi,
A 82, Defence Enclave,
Sardhana Road, Kankerkhera,
Meerut – 250001, Uttar Pradesh.