New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: 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.
Meanwhile, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik telephoned Justice Misra to greet him for his remarkable success on his assumption of the office of the Chief Justice of India and thereby bringing a proud moment for every Odia.
The CM said that it is an utmost proud moment for every Odia with Justice Misra taking over as the Chief Justice of India from the departing Chief Justice JS Khehar.
Justice Dipak Misra was sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India on Monday. He was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind during a brief ceremony in the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Misra (64) was appointed as an additional judge of the Orissa High Court in 1996, and transferred to Madhya Pradesh a year later. In 2009, he became the chief justice of the Patna High Court before moving to head Delhi HC in 2010.
Justice Misra was also among the three judges who were up all night in July 2015, 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.