Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Justice Dipak Misra to Succeed CJI Khehar on 27 August

Justice Dipak Misra to Succeed CJI Khehar on 27 August

The Centre on Tuesday has appointed Justice Dipak Misra as the next Chief Justice of India.

Justice Misra, 64, will assume office on retirement of incumbent CJI Justice J S Khehar on August 27.

While he prepares to take on the new position, a writ petition was on Tuesday filed by Punjab MP Harinder Singh Khalsa in the Delhi HC, challenging justice Misra's appointment as the chief justice of India. He will remain in office till October 2, 2018. He was appointed as a Supreme Court judge on October 10, 2011.

Enrolled at the Bar in February 1977 and having practised at the Orissa HC and the Service Tribunal for nearly 19 years, he began his judicial career as an additional judge of the Orissa HC in 1996.

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Dipak Misra has been appointed as chief justice of India by the president.

Justice Misra headed the bench which, in an unprecedented pre-dawn hearing in 2015, rejected last-ditch efforts by Yakub Memon to get his execution stayed. He became permanent Judge in December, 1997. He was later promoted to be the chief justice of Patna high court in 2009.

Justice Misra was part of the bench that awarded the death sentence to the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape case of 2012. Recently, he was in news for heading the bench which made it mandatory for the theatres to play the national anthem before the start of movies.

Justice Misra will be the third person from Odisha to hold the highest post in Indian judiciary after former CJIs Justice Ranganath Mishra, who happens to be his uncle, and Justice Gopal Ballav Patnaik.

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