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Justice Ranjan Gogoi is within the highlight over his lately launched autobiography. (File)

New Delhi:

In his just-published memoir, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, former Chief Justice of India, defended his resolution to hitch the Rajya Sabha four months after retiring from the Supreme Court docket, a transfer that had are available in for widespread criticism. 

He mentioned when he was provided the place, he accepted it with out hesitation, since he wished to lift points pertaining to the judiciary and the North East area, to which he belongs. 

However Parliament data present Justice Gogoi has an attendance of lower than 10 per cent within the Rajya Sabha since he turned a member final yr. 

In an interview to NDTV, he cited the pandemic as one of many causes for his poor attendance. 

“You ignore the truth that for one or two classes, I’ve submitted a letter to the home saying that due to Covid, on medical recommendation I’m not attending the session”, he mentioned. 
“I am going to the Rajya Sabha each time I really feel prefer it … after I assume there are issues of significance on which I ought to converse,” Justice Gogoi went on to say. 

“I’m a nominated member. I’m not ruled by any occasion whip. Each time the bell rings for occasion members to return, that does not bind me. I am going there at my alternative, I come out at my alternative. I’m an unbiased member of the home.”
The previous Choose was nominated to the higher home by the President of India, on the recommendation of the Centre, successfully making him a authorities nominee. 

The previous Chief Justice defined that he nonetheless felt chary about attending parliament as a result of “social distancing norms weren’t noticed” in addition to they need to.”

Earlier than the winter session, you would enter the Rajya Sabha solely after an RT-PCR take a look at. Personally, I did not really feel very snug going there. And the pandemic is on and even in the present day, I do not really feel very snug going to the Rajya Sabha. Although social distancing norms have been enforced, they aren’t being noticed. The sitting association… I do not discover very snug,” he mentioned.

Justice Gogoi was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in March 2020.