Justice Dipak Misra to be next Chief Justice of India
New Delhi: Justice Dipak Misra was on Tuesday named the next Chief Justice of India (CJI).
“Justice Dipak Misra to be the next Chief Justice of India, says law ministry,” PTI tweeted on Tuesday evening.
Mishra, who will assume charge as the 45th Chief Justice of India on 28 August, will succeed J.S. Khehar. He will have a 14-month tenure ahead of him as he is due to retire in October 2018.
J.S. Khehar nominated Misra last month on behalf of the collegium for consideration by the centre as the next chief justice of the country.
Born in 1953, Misra joined the bar in 1977 and began his judicial career at the Orissa high court where he was appointed as additional judge in 1996.
After this, Misra was transferred to the Madras high court following which he assumed charge as chief justice of the Patna high court in 2009. He went on to serve as the chief justice of the Delhi high court from 2010 onwards.
In 2011, Misra was elevated to the Supreme Court, where he has been part of several noteworthy cases and judgments. These include a historic night in July 2013, when the premises of the apex court were opened at 5am to decide on Yakub Memon’s appeal against his execution. Memon was convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. Misra also headed the bench that upheld the death sentence awarded in the Nirbhaya rape case.
Misra has been seen to play an active role in the crackdown on child pornography on websites.
His views on nationalism have been highlighted through his guidelines on the mandatory playing of the national anthem in theatres. Apart from this, Misra has also addressed the plight of farmers in various farmer suicide cases.
There are, however, a few concerns over his appointment as he is embroiled in a land allotment case where the lease of some land under his name was cancelled by the Odisha government due to irregularities in an affidavit filed by him.
He was also named in the suicide note of former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Kalikho Pul, who made corruption allegations against him and other judges and lawyers.