Justice Dipak Misra took over as the 45th Chief Justice of India (CJI) on August 28, 2017. But he will stay in office only for 13 months, till he retires on 2 October 2018 on attaining the age of 65 years.
Justice Dipak Misra is an Indian judge acting in the Supreme Court of India. Former Chief Justice of Patna and Delhi High Courts, Misra is the next Chief Justice of India, who will succeed Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar. Moreover, he’s the nephew of Ranganath Misra who too was CJI from Sept 1990 – November 1991. Justice Misra becomes the third person from Odisha to become Chief Justice of India.
Dipak Misra farewell highlights: Outgoing CJI says Indian judiciary ‘most robust institution’
Misra was speaking at an event organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA). On his last working day, CJI Misra held court with his successor Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice A M Khanwilkar.
Misra grew in stature by acceding to Mumbai serial blasts condemned prisoner Yakub Memon’s last minute dash for life by listing in open court his plea for stay of his hanging. In the dead of the night on July 29, he agreed to head a bench to conduct an elaborate hearing before rejecting his plea.
He had ordered introduction of video conferencing at state legal services authorities to connect poor prisoners languishing in jails with advocates who would free services
Individual’s privacy is supreme, says CJI Dipak Misra
He said he always believe that privacy is a constitutional concept and one area where there has been a surge in constitutional rights was human rights and their implementation.
An individual’s privacy is supreme and should not be disturbed, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said on Thursday.
“My house is my castle, how can you disturb me at my home? Even as a lawyer, you have to have some kind of appointment with me. My time is my time, my life is my life. My privacy is supreme to me,” he said while delivering M C Setalvad memorial lecture on the topic of ‘Dynamic Ascendance of Constitutional Rights — A Progressive Approach’.
Chief Justice of India-designate Ranjan Gogoi, who will take over Misra from October 3, said Justice Misra’s greatest contribution has been to civil liberties. He cited his judgments against mob lynching, abolition of section 377, honour killings among others.
On his last working day, CJI Misra held court with his successor Gogoi and Justice A M Khanwilkar. At the fag end of the court proceedings, a lawyer broke into a Bollywood song to wish Misra a long life. The CJI, in his inimitable style, stopped the lawyer from singing and said he was “responding from the heart” but will speak from his mind in the evening.
The event was also be attended by Attorney General of India K K Venugopal and senior advocates.
CJI Misra had delivered a series of key verdicts including the one on Aadhaar and decriminalising homosexuality in the last two weeks.