The government on Tuesday cleared the appointment of Justice Dipak Misra as the next Chief Justice of India. Dipak Misra is 3rd from Odisha to become appointed the Chief Justice of India, after Justice Ranganath Misra and Justice G.B. Pattanaik.
He will be sworn in on August 27, replacing incumbent Justice J S Khehar. He was appointed Additional Judge of the Orissa High Court in January 1996, after which he was transferred to the Madhya Pradesh High Court in March 1997.
The 63-year-old CJI-designate from Odisha led the Supreme Court bench that confirmed death to four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case in May this year.
Not only that Justice Misra was also among the three judges who were up all night in July 2013, giving a historic hearing to decide on terrorist Yakub Memon’s last-minute appeal against his hanging. Memon was convicted in 1993 Mumbai blasts, in which 257 people were killed.
“It was Justice Misra who announced the court’s decision at 5 am: “Stay of death warrant would be a travesty of justice. The plea is dismissed,” he said. Memon was hanged two hours later.”
In an order, hailed by nationalist organisations, Justice Misra mandated the playing of the national anthem before the screening of films in cinema halls.
Another significant judgement by Justice Misra was the one directing states and union territories to upload FIRs on websites within 24 hours of their registration for enabling accused and others to file appropriate pleas in the courts for redress.
He will hold office for the next 13 months, till 2 October 2018.