Bhubaneswar: Odisha-born Justice Dipak Misra has been appointed as the 45th Chief Justice of India. Misra would succeed Justice JS Khehar who had recommended the former as the next CJI.
Misra would be sworn in after Khehar’s retirement on August 27. With this, he would serve at this highest position for over a year as he would retire on October 2 next year.
He would be the third Odia to achieve such feat after Justice Ranganath Misra (1990-91) and Justice GB Patnaik (2002).
Earlier in the last week of July, Union Law Ministry had sought Khehar’s opinion on his successor as he is the seniormost amongst the judges.
Justice Dipak Misra was born on October 3, 1953. He was 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 January 17, 1996 and transferred to the Madhya Pradesh High Court on March 3, 1997. He became permanent Judge on December 19, 1997. Justice Misra assumed charge of the office of Chief Justice, Patna High Court on December 23, 2009 and charge of the office of the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court on May 24, 2010. He was elevated as a Judge of Supreme Court on October 10, 2011.