Tuesday marked the appointment of Justice Dipak Misra as the 45th Chief Justice of India. Succeeding incumbent J. S. Khehar, the 63-year-old will become the torchbearer of the Indian Judiciary. One of the senior-most judges in the Supreme Court, he will replace Khehar after he retires from office on August 27. Justice Dipak Misra will have a 14-month tenure, retiring in October 2, 2018.
Here’s all you need to know about the next Chief Justice of India:
- He was born in 1953, and began his career as an advocate on February 14, 1977, practicing constitutional, civil, criminal, revenue, service and sales tax matters at the Orissa High Court and the Service Tribunal.
- He was appointed as the additional judge of the Orissa High Court in 1996 and transferred to the Madhya Pradesh High Court next year, where he became a permanent judge towards the end of 1997.
- He assumed charge of the Chief Justice of Patna High Court in 2009 and became the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court in 2010..
- He was appointed as a Supreme Court judge in 2011. He was heading the bench that dismissed Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon’s plea, seeking a stay on his executions.
- He also led the bench that upheld the death sentence awarded to the four convicts in the Nirbhaya rape case.
- He was also part of the bench that ordered mandatory playing of the National Anthem at the beginning of every film in cinema halls.
- Some of his notable orders include directing Delhi Police to upload FIRs on their website within 24 hours of registration, to allow downloading and early redressal of grievances.
- He was also a part of the bench that rejected the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to provide reservation in promotion, saying it can be allowed only in the presence of sufficient data and evidence to justify it.
- He rejected a frivolous petition that objected to the title of the film ‘Dhobi Ghat’, warning the petitioner.
- He will head a three-judge bench to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case from August 11.
- Being the National Legal Services Authority executive chairman, introducing Legal Assistance Establishments in states to streamline activities to provide free legal aid to the needy, was his brainchild.
- CJI Dipak Misra will be the third judge from Odisha to become the Chief Justice of India, after his uncle, Justice Ranganath Misra and Justice GB Pattanaik.