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Justice Dipak Misra Appointed As Next Chief Justice Of India

Dipak Misra, senior most judge of the Supreme Court, will take over from incumbent J S Khehar who will retire on August 27.

Updated:August 9, 2017, 9:31 AM IST
Justice Dipak Misra Appointed As Next Chief Justice Of India
63-year-old Dipak Misra's appointment was issued by the Law Ministry on Tuesday evening.
New Delhi: Justice Dipak Misra, senior most judge of the Supreme Court, was on Tuesday appointed as the next Chief Justice of India.

The President cleared Misra's name as the 45th CJI. Misra will take over from Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, who retires on August 27.

Justice Misra, 63, has been a part of several key verdicts, such as sending Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon and four men who raped and killed a physiotherapy intern to the gallows.

Justice Misra, who will have a tenure of over 13 months as the CJI after he takes over on August 28, has a sensitive assignment on hand -- the vexatious title dispute in the Ram Mandir and Babri Masjid case.

His tenure will be a busy one, for as the CJI he will be part of benches deciding on crucial issues such as, apart from the Ayodhya title case, the Cauvery waters dispute, SEBI-Sahara payment row, BCCI reforms, the Panama Paper leaks and on privacy policy.

Justice Misra, who was elevated to the apex court bench on October 10, 2011, from the Delhi High Court, where he was the Chief Justice, has already presided over several key cases and verdicts.

Justice Misra also headed a three-judge bench which upheld the Delhi High Court's verdict sentencing to death the four convicts of the sensational December 16, 2012, gangrape-cum-murder case of Delhi.

In an order, hailed by nationalist organisations, Justice Misra mandated the playing of the national anthem before the screening of films in cinema halls.

Another significant judgement by Justice Misra was the one directing states and union territories to upload FIRs on websites within 24 hours of their registration for enabling accused and others to file appropriate pleas in the courts for redress.

Justice Misra, who was enrolled as an advocate in 1977, had practised in constitutional, civil, criminal, revenue, service and sales tax matters in the Orissa High Court and Tribunals before being elevated to the High Court bench.

In 2009, Justice Misra became the Chief Justice of the Patna High Court and assumed charge as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court in May, 2010.

He was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of India on October 10, 2011.

(With PTI inputs)
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