Why does Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra have 'Z' category security
Dipak Misra is the first Chief Justice of India with 'Z' category security. Justice Misra who was sworn in as the Chief Justice of India on Monday was given 'Z' cover following the hearing in the Yakub Memon case.
On July 30 2015, Justice Misra in a pre-dawn hearing rejected the final plea by 1993 Mumbai blasts accused, yakub Memon. During the pre-dawn hearing, the Bench headed by Justice Misra ordered that Memon will hang to death.
Shortly after the hearing, an anonymous letter threatening him of dire consequences was thrown into the residence of Justice Misra. It was decided that he will be granted 'Z' category security and cover remains till date.
Justice Misra would retire on October 2 2018. 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.
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.