Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi took oath as a nominated member of Rajya Sabha amidst unprecedented scenes of opposition members shouting slogans and walking out of the House.
This is the first time ever that the House has witnessed slogan shouting and walkout during oath taking.
Gogoi, 65, who retired as the Chief Justice of India in November last year after a tenure of 13 months, took oath in English in the name of God.
As his name was called for oath taking, Congress and Left members started shouting slogans like “Shame on You” and “Deal”.
Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu ordered that the slogan shouting will not go on record.
As Gogoi took oath, Congress, Left and their allies shouted slogans and staged a walkout from the House.
Naidu said it was not fair to shout slogans. “It is very unbecoming of members of Parliament,”
After taking oath, Gogoi walked up to the chair to greet Naidu, who responded to his greetings with folded hands.
Naidu said members have the liberty to express their views outside the House on the issue.
“You know the Constitutional provision, you know the precedent, you know the power of the President (to nominate a member to Rajya Sabha),” he said.
Gogoi was nominated to Rajya Sabha by President Ram Nath Kovind.
He was nominated in the vacancy created after the retirement of KTS Tulsi.
The Congress has argued that Gogoi’s nomination to Rajya Sabha “within four months” of his retirement will shake the confidence and faith people have in the independence of the judiciary.