New Delhi, March 19, 2020 : Prof. Bhim Singh, Founder of J&K National Panthers Party, former Member of Sr. Executive Member of Supreme Court Bar Association has dispatched the following letter to Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ranjan Gogoi, former Chief Justice of India urging him to not to accept Rajya Sabha Membership.
Justice Mr. Ranjan Gogoi
Former Chief Justice of India
Sub:- Urge for reconsideration of acceptance of R.S. Membership.
Hon’ble Justice Gogoi ji,
This urgent letter, I am addressing to your honour as an ordinary citizen of India who has been practicing in the Supreme Court of India for 45 years and had very important occasions to appear before your honour in the Supreme Court.
Not only me but several noted lawyers from Supreme Court and other states have felt very sad to find your name among the nominated Members of Rajya Sabha (Parliament). Many jurists from Assam itself have conveyed their urgent call to urge Your Excellency not to accept this offer for many reasons which need not to be written or expressed through the contents of this letter today.
There has been a convention that the judges retiring from the Apex Court shall not accept any favour or exclusive job with the government or any other agency operating in cooperation of the government. It has never happened before as per information and my knowledge.
I request your honour to consider this hidden voice of the intelligentsia and jurists and send a polite letter to the Chairman, Rajya Sabha, about your inability to continue as a Member of Rajya Sabha to ensure credibility of the highest judicial institution in Asia.
Many persons, jurists, diplomats, political persons and others may also send you similar communication with a request not to accept this political seat in the Parliament in a hurry after retiring last year as the Chief Justice of India.