Justice Dipak Misra is all set to become the torchbearer of the Indian Judiciary. He has been appointed to be the
45th Chief Justice of India. He shall take over from Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar from August 27th. After his uncle,
CJI. He is expected to have 14 month long tenure, until he retires on 2nd October, 2018.
- He was born in 1953, and began his career after enrolling himself as an advocate on February 14, 1977. Hestarted his practice in constitutional, civil, criminal, revenue, service and sales tax matters at the Orissa High
Court and the Service Tribunal.
- He was then appointed as Additional Judge in the Orissa High Court in 1996.
- In 1997, he was transferred to Madhya Pradesh High Court, where he became a permanent judge.
- Justice Misra was appointed as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court in 2009 and consecutively of Delhi HighCourt in the following year.
- He was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court in 2011.
- He headed the bench that dismissed Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon’s plea, seeking a stay on hisexecutions.
- He led the bench that upheld the death sentence to the four convicts of Nirbhaya rape and murder case.
- He was part of the bench which recently ordered mandatory playing of the National Anthem before thebeginning of every film in a movie theater.
- He was also a part of the bench that rejected the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to provide reservation inpromotion, saying it can be allowed only if sufficient data and evidence can justify the same.
- This one time he rejected and warned a petitioner for filing a frivolous petition objecting the title of the film‘Dhobi Ghat’.
- Another notable order by him was directing Delhi Police to upload FIRs on their website within 24 hours ofregistration, to allow downloading and quick redressal of grievances.
- He is the Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority and is known to have introduced LegalAssistance Establishments in states to streamline activities to provide free legal aid to the needy.
- He has been appointed as a head of three-judge bench to hear batch of petitions challenging the AllahabadHigh Court’s verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case from August 11.