Guwahati, March 22:
In a significant remark made shortly after the oath taking ceremony of former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, he told the media that it was simply not his aim to become a minister. He further added that if it possible, he will not accept the salary as a Member of Parliament during his serving tenure.
Speaking to the media, Gogoi said “I have seen ministers in family seen I was a kid and I can tell you I am not interested in becoming one.”
“I am neither a politician nor a leader. I was asked by the President to enlighten the Rajya Sabha debates with something I have been working on for the past 40 years of my life. I have no intention of getting into politics, joining a party, becoming a minister, but once in a while I would like to participate in the discussions to the extent that the judiciary’s point of view can be reflected,” Ranjan Gogoi further added.
On being questioned regarding why he had in the first place accepted the nomination to Rajya Sabha, Gogoi simply remarked that, there is an unsaid code of conduct in the practice of bar that when a judgeship is offered you don’t refuse, and that it applies same for the situation when the President of the Republic makes you an offer.
Reacting on the walk out by the opposition during his oath taking ceremony, Gogoi calmly said, “It was expected, it was building up for the last two days – opposition parties walk out and walk in, I don’t understand how that can upset any reasonable person,” he said.