August 12th, 2017 | by eBangla Bureau


JUSTICE Dipak Misra from Odisha will be the 45th Chief Justice of India following retirement of incumbent Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, the first CJI from the Sikh community, on August 27. Justice Khehar recommended Misra’s name to succeed him. Justice Misra will retire on October 2, 2018. The Union Ministry of Law has accepted the recommendation of the retiring CJI. The tenure of SC judges is five years or 65 years of age whichever is earlier.  Currently, he along with Justices Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer is hearing a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute case.

He began his career after enrolment as an advocate in 1977 and practiced law in the Odisha High Court and the service tribunal. He was appointed as an additional judge of the High Court in 1996. He was appointed as an additional judge of the High Court in 1996. He was transferred to the Madhya Pradesh High Court in 1997 where he became a permanent judge. He became the Chief Justice of Patna High Court in 2009 and of Delhi High Court in 2010. He was elevated as a judge in the Supreme Court on October 10,2011. Justice Misra will be the third judge from Odisha to become the chief justice of India after Justices Ranganath Misra, who was his uncle, and GB Pattanaik. He headed the SC Bench that upheld the death sentence awarded to the four convicts in the Nirbhaya rape case.

As Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, he helped decide over 5,000 cases and helped clear the backlog of cases by making the Mediation Centre and Lok Adalats more effective. He was elevated as a Judge of Supreme Court of India on 10th October 2011, says ONEindia .com .His verdict in Own Motion Versus State that Delhi Police upload FIRs on their website within 24 hours of their lodging to enable the accused to file appropriate applications before the court for redressal of their grievances was a notable one. In a case on Reservation in promotion, Justice Misra and Justice Dalveer Bhandari upheld the Allahabad High Court judgement and held that reservation in promotions can be provided only if there is sufficient data and evidence to justify the need. The bench rejected Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to provide reservation in promotion on the ground that it failed to furnish sufficient valid data.

He was part of the SC Bench that rejected the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon’s appeal against execution. He had received an anonymous death threat for rejecting Memon’s plea.

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