Justice Dipak Misra was today sworn in as Chief Justice of India, succeeding incumbent JS Khehar who retired on Sunday. Justice Misra has also issued other historical judgments including making national anthem mandatory before movies in theaters.
Justice Dipak Misra, who led the Supreme Court bench that confirmed death to four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case in May this year, will take over Chief Justice JS Khehar as the next Chief Justice of India.
Justice Misra will have a tenure of almost 14 months as the Chief Justice of India as he is slated to retire on October 02, 2018. He is the third judge from Orissa to become the CJI after Ranganatha Misra and GB Pattinaik JJ.
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Meanwhile, political leaders welcomed Justice Dipak Mishra as the new Chief Justice of India and congratulated him over his appointment. Mishra started his career Journey in 1977 as an advocate, and he is a known name for practising constitutional, civil, criminal, revenue, service and sales tax matters. In 2009, he became the chief justice of the Patna High Court before moving to head Delhi HC in 2010.
He was also part of the bench that upheld the death sentence given to the convicts in the December 16, 2012 gangrape case. He was appointed as an additional judge of the Orissa High Court on January 17, 1996, before his transfer to the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.