Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma recently announced the distinguished recipients of Assam’s Highest Civilian Awards, with Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi receiving the prestigious Assam Baibhav Award 2023 in the field of Law and Justice.
Ranjan Gogoi, a luminary in the legal realm, embarked on his legal journey when he was enrolled as an advocate on August 28, 1978. His noteworthy contributions led to his appointment as a permanent judge of the Gauhati High Court on February 28, 2001. His illustrious career reached its zenith when he served as the 46th Chief Justice of India.
One of the pivotal moments during Justice Gogoi’s tenure as Chief Justice was the historic verdict in the longstanding Ram Jananmbhumi – Babri Masjid title suit. The Supreme Court, under his leadership, delivered a landmark judgment, bringing closure to a decades-old dispute.
In recognition of his exceptional service and commitment to the legal and judicial system, Assam has bestowed upon Justice Ranjan Gogoi the Assam Baibhav Award for the year 2023. This accolade not only acknowledges his profound impact on the field of Law and Justice but also reflects the state’s appreciation for his dedication to upholding the principles of justice.
Post his tenure as the Chief Justice, Ranjan Gogoi assumed a different role in the political landscape. President Ram Nath Kovind nominated him as a Member of the Rajya Sabha on March 16, 2020. This transition from the judiciary to the legislature marked a significant chapter in his career, further demonstrating his multifaceted contributions to the nation.
As Assam recognizes and honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to various fields, the Assam Baibhav Award 2023 serves as a testament to Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s enduring legacy in the realms of law, justice, and public service. His journey continues to inspire and leaves an indelible mark on the rich tapestry of India’s legal history.