NEW DELHI, June 18 - Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad today said that the government�s intention on appointing the next Chief Justice of India (CJI) cannot be suspected.
The Law Minister said this while replying to questions about appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next CJI.
�Let me first say that this question about appointment (of Justice Gogoi as CJI) is hypothetical. There is a convention in place. The sitting CJI has to forward the name of his successor. Let that name come first,� Prasad said.
Uncertainty over appointment of Justice Gogoi as the next CJI has arisen following the unprecedented press conference of the four senior judges in January this year, when sitting CJI Dipak Misra was criticised over administrative issues, especially the manner of allocation of cases to certain selective benches.
Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph addressed that unparalleled press conference and said that they were before the people�s court because they wanted to discharge their debt to the nation.
Meanwhile, Prasad, who also holds the Electronics and IT portfolio, said that introduction of the North East BPO Promotion Scheme (NBPS) has boosted employment generation in the northeastern region.
Addressing a press conference to mark the completion of four years of the present government, Prasad said that it is very satisfying to see BPOs working in small towns like Kohima, Imphal and Guwahati among others, creating new employment avenues.