Who is Justice Dipak Misra?

Dipak Misra, senior most judge of the Supreme Court, will take charge from Khehar on August 27 and will be the 45th Chief Justice of India. He will have a 14-month tenure and will retire in October 2018.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 8, 2017 8:38 pm
 Dipak Misra, Justice Dipak Misra, Dipak Misra next chief justice of india, dipak misra cji, JS Khehar, indian judiciary, dipak misra-45th CJI, indian express New Delhi: File photo of Justice Dipak Misra who will be the next Chief Justice of India. Misra will take over from incumbent J S Khehar, who will retire on August 27. (PTI Photo)

Justice Dipak Misra was on Tuesday appointed as the next Chief Justice of India, succeeding incumbent J S Khehar at the helm of Indian Judiciary. The 63-year-old’s appointment was officially announced by the Law Ministry this evening. Misra, senior most judge in the Supreme Court, will take charge from Khehar on August 27 as the 45th Chief Justice of India. He will have a 14-month tenure and will retire in October 2018.

Born in 1953, Misra began his career as an advocate on 14th February 1977. He practiced in constitutional, civil, criminal, revenue, service and sales tax matters at the Orissa High Court and the Service Tribunal. Subsequently, he was appointed as an additional judge of the Orissa High Court in 1996 and transferred to the Madhya Pradesh High Court next year. Misra became a permanent Judge towards the end of 1997.

He assumed charge of the office of Chief Justice, Patna High Court in 2009 and became the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court a year later. Justice Misra was elevated as a Supreme Court judge in 2011. He is known for heading the bench that dismissed Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon’s plea seeking a stay on his execution, as well as upholding the death sentence given to Nirbhaya’s killers.

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Among other notable decisions, Misra had directed Delhi Police to upload FIRs on their website within 24 hours of registration so the accused could download them and seek redressal of their grievances. He was equally strict against frivolous litigation. He rejected one such petition that objected to the title of the film ‘Dhobi Ghat’ and warned the petitioner.

Justice Misra has also been entrusted the task of heading 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.

Misra, who is National Legal Services Authority executive chairman, was the mastermind behind the idea of introducing Legal Assistance Establishments in states to streamline activities to provide free legal aid to the needy.

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  1. O
    Aug 9, 2017 at 10:25 am
    The present CJI Mr.Justice Khehar is retiring on 27th August and Mr.Justice Misra will take over from him on that day. One wonders why the Govt. is not rationalising/standardising the retirement date of all judicial employees as the last day of the retiring month in question e.g. in this case, this retirement date could have been 31st August. Let it be done by the Govt. at least from next month onwards. And still better and laudable if the authorities are able to announce next week itself that the outgoing CJI all others in judiciary retiring in Aug. will demit office on 31st August. Any reforms need fast tracking/processing as well. Also ensure that the retiree is given a nice elegant briefcase containing all his/her dues cheques an announcement be also made in this context during his/her farewell function.
    1. R
      Aug 9, 2017 at 8:49 am
      Became a judge due to the influence of his Supreme court judge father. Now appointed chief justice by a corrupt collegium. Also a staunch anti-reservationist who has accomplished nothing on his own.
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        ak dev
        Aug 9, 2017 at 4:58 am
        Chief justice of SC is a pre-retirement post. This short leadership tenure ensures that judicial reforms remain in cub boards. The irony of Indian judicial system is that it's probably the only democracy in the world where people have no say in judicial reforms. The result is the perpetual inefficiencies, corruption and mismanagement. Don't we need a ANNA HAZARE to take up the judicial reforms issue into streets?
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          George Cruz
          Aug 9, 2017 at 3:16 am
          Dipak Mishra is a demented person who asked even s e k s movie showing cinemas to play national anthem and s e k s movie goers to stand "erect" while playing national anthem. He should be arrested for shaming Rabindranath Tagore and his anthem.
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            S. Gowrishankar,
            Aug 9, 2017 at 1:10 am
            Who is Dipak Misra? The beneficiary of the corrupt collegium system. The Indian democracy should wake up and throw out this supreme court and bring in a new system.
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