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Gogoi likely to take oath in RS today

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, March 18 - Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is likely to take oath in Rajya Sabha on Thursday morning. The former CJI has informed the Rajya Sabha secretariat that he will take oath on Thursday, sources said.

The former CJI accompanied by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and minister Himanta Biswa Sarma flew into the national capital this evening.

Meanwhile, a PIL (public interest litigation) has been filed in the Supreme Court by academic and activist Madhu Purnima Kishwar challenging the nomination of former CJI Ranjan Gogoi as a member of the Rajya Sabha.

Madhu Kishwar has filed the petition without any legal representation on the ground that the �independence of judiciary� is an essential part of the basic structure of the Constitution and judiciary is considered a pillar of democracy.

�The strength of judiciary lies in the faith citizens of this country have in it,� the petition states. It adds that any act which creates any adverse impression on the independence of judiciary like the present one, wherein an ex-CJI has been nominated to Rajya Sabha, amounts to an assault on the independence of judiciary.

�Therefore, the petitioner prays that the appointment of Gogoi as a Rajya Sabha member be stayed,� it said.

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