Justice Dipak Misra Sworn in as 45th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (Download PDF)


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Justice Dipak Misra was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind. He will be 45th chief justice of the Supreme Court with 14-month tenure till October 2018. Takes over from chief justice J. S. Khehar.

Image of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Image of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

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  • The outgoing Justice Khehar nominated Misra on behalf of the collegium for consideration by centre

  • He was born in 1953

  • 63-year-old Misra joined bar in 1977

  • Began his judicial career at the Orissa high court as an additional judge in 1996.

  • Assumed charge as chief justice of the Patna high court in 2009.

  • Named chief justice of Delhi high court in 2010.

  • Elevated to the Supreme Court in 2011

Important Stances and Judgements

  • Was part of Yakub Memon’s appeal against his execution.

  • Headed bench that upheld the death sentence awarded in the Nirbhaya gang rape case.

  • Played an active role in the crackdown on child pornography websites.

  • Views on nationalism highlighted through guidelines on the mandatory playing of the national anthem in theatres.

  • Misra addressed the plight of farmers in various farmer suicide cases.

  • Motivated ‘Nyaya Sanyog’ (Legal Assistance Establishments) in states to provide legal access to the poor.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 9, 2017


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