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.
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.
He is succeeding Justice JS Khehar, who retired as CJI on Sunday.
64-year-old Justice Misra is the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court after Justice Khehar. He will be the third person from Odisha to be appointed the Chief Justice of India, after Justices Ranganath Misra and G B Pattanaik.
Justice Misra-headed benches have upheld the constitutional validity of Sections 499 and 500 of IPC providing for criminal defamation proceedings, as well as the death penalty for convicts in the gruesome Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case. As chairman of National Legal Services Authority, he has introduced several measures to provide legal aid to poor litigants.
Chief Justice Misra will retire on October 2, 2018.