New Delhi, August 8: After serving eight months as the Chief Justice of India, Justice J S Khehar will demit his office on August 27. As per reports, Justice Dipak Misra will be the next Chief Justice of India. The tenure of Justice Khehar, who became the first Sikh CJI will be remembered for many hearings including the right to privacy and validity of triple talaq in the apex court. Justice Misra may take the oath as next CJI on August 28.
An official notification announcing Misra’s appointment was issued by the law ministry on Tuesday.
One of the most eloquent judges in the apex court, Justice Misra, 63, has been a part of several key verdicts, such as sending Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon and four men who raped and killed a physiotherapy intern to the gallows.
Justice Misra, who will have a tenure of over 13 months as the CJI after he takes over on August 28, has a sensitive assignment on hand — the vexatious title dispute in the Ram Mandir and Babri Masjid case.
Profile of Justice Dipak Mishra
Justice Dipak Misra was born on October 3, 1953. Enrolled as an Advocate on February 14, 1977, he had 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 03rd March, 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. Elevated as a Judge, Supreme Court of India w.e.f. 10.10.2011.
(With inputs from PTI)