Dipak Misra is next CJI

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Aug 2017 09:23:57



JUSTICE Dipak Misra, the senior most judge in the Supreme Court, will be the 45th Chief Justice of India, succeeding incumbent J S Khehar.

An official notification announcing Misra’s appointment was issued by the Law Ministry on Tuesday. One of the most eloquent judges in the apex court, Justice Misra, 63, has been a part of several key verdicts, such as sending Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon and four men who raped and killed a physiotherapy intern to the gallows.

Justice Misra, who will have a tenure of over 13 months as the CJI after he takes over on August 28, has a sensitive assignment on hand -- the vexatious title dispute in the Ram Mandir and Babri Masjid case.

His tenure will be a busy one, for as the CJI he will be part of benches deciding on crucial issues such as, apart from the Ayodhya title case, the Cauvery waters dispute, SEBI- Sahara payment row, BCCI reforms, the Panama Paper leaks and on privacy policy.

Justice Misra, has already presided over several key cases and verdicts. He headed the bench which, in an unprecedented pre-dawn hearing in 2015 when the doors of the apex court were opened at 1 AM, rejected last-ditch efforts by Memon to get his execution stayed. Justice Misra also headed a three-judge bench which upheld the Delhi High Court’s verdict sentencing to death the four convicts of the sensational December 16, 2012, gangrape- cum-murder case of Delhi.