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Who is Dipak Misra, the next Chief Justice of India

By Vicky

Justice Dipak Misra will take over from Justice J S Khehar as the next Chief Justice of India. He will be sworn in as CJI on August 27. Justice Misra would retire on October 2 2018.

File photo of Justice Dipak Misra

Justice Dipak Misra was born on 3rd October, 1953. He enrolled as an advocate on 14th February, 1977 and practiced in Constitutional, Civil, Criminal, Revenue, Service and Sales Tax matters in the Orissa High Court and the Service Tribunal. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Orissa High Court on 17th January, 1996 and transferred to the Madhya Pradesh High Court on 03rd March, 1997.

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He became permanent Judge on 19th December, 1997. Justice Misra assumed charge of the office of Chief Justice, Patna High Court on 23rd December, 2009 and charge of the office of the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court on 24th May, 2010. Justice Mishra was elevated to the Supreme Court on October 10 2011.

Justice Misra is the third from Odisha after Justices Ranganath Misra and G B Pattanaik to become CJIs.

He is known for the judgment on Yakub Memon who made a last minute attempt to escape the gallows. He had rejected his plea for a stay on the death warrant.

A former Chief Justice of the Patna and Delhi High Courts he succeeds Justice J S Khehar.

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.

His verdict in Own Motion vs 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.

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