Dipak Misra sworn in as 45th CJI

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Aug 2017 08:30:20


Delhi Bureau and Agencies,


JUSTICE Dipak Misra was sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India at a ceremony held in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday, as the outgoing CJI Justice
Khehar stepped down a day ago after completion of his tenure. Justice Misra made and subscribed to the oath of office before the President.

Justice Misra will remain in office till October 2, 2018.
As per the established practice, Justice Khehar had named Misra as the next CJI last month.
He was the Chief Justice of the Patna High Court and the Delhi high court before being elevated to the apex court in October 2011.

After his enrolment as an advocate in 1977, Justice Misra practised in constitutional, civil, criminal, revenue, service and sales tax matters in the Orissa High Court.
He was appointed as an additional judge of the Orissa High Court on January 17, 1996, before his transfer to the Madhya Pradesh High Court. He became a permanent judge on December 19, 1997. Justice Misra is currently presiding over a bench hearing the Cauvery and Krishna river water disputes, BCCI reforms and Sahara case among others. He headed the bench that passed the order for mandatory singing of the national anthem in cinema halls across the country.

He was also part of the bench that upheld the death sentence given to the convicts in the December 16, 2012 gangrape case.
Justice Misra, along with Justice P C Pant, had in May, declined to de-criminalise defamation — an offence punishable with two years in jail apart from fine — saying the right to free speech cannot mean that a citizen can defame anybody.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Union Ministers were present at the ceremony. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad also attended the oath ceremony.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Justice Dipak Misra on taking oath as the Chief Justice of India, saying, “I congratulate Justice Dipak Misra on taking oath as the Chief Justice of India. I wish him the very best and a fruitful tenure.”