Honorable Justice Dipak Misra (Career, Achievements and Ambitions)
Shree Rastogi, B.Com LL.B. Sri Ramswaroop Memorial University.
Justice Dipak Misra will be succeeding the 44th Chief Justice of India, Justice J.S. Khehar. Dipak Misra born on 3 October 1953 will be the 45th Chief Justice of India (CJI). He was assumed office on 10 October 2011 and was appointed by Pranab Mukherjee.
The Bar enrolled Justice Dipak Misra on 14th February 1977 and he practiced in Constitution, Civil, Criminal, Revenue, Service and Sales Tax at Orissa High Court. He was later on appointed as the additional judge for the Orissa High Court in 1996. Afterwards he got transferred to Madhya Pradesh High Court where he was made a permanent judge in December 1997. Then in December 2009 he was appointed as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court where he was in office till May 2010. He was serving as the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court from 2010 to 2011 and would be serving the Chief Justice of India in 2017 itself till 14 months. He has tenure of seven years at the Supreme Court from 28 August 2017 till 2 October 2018, the day he retires on turning 65 years in age.
Justice Misra-headed benches have upheld the Constitutional validity of Section 499 and 500 of IPC providing for Criminal Defamation proceeding as also 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. Recently, 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. He also hit headline when the Bench he was leading ordered that patrons should stand up in respect and “ committed, patriotism and nationalism” when the National Anthem and National Flag are featured before shows in cinema theatres across the country. He wrote history when he led the three judge bench which heard Yakub Memon, the sole condemned man in the Bombay blast case, who came knocking on the Supreme Court’s door for reprieve in the wee hours of the day he was hanged to death. ; His achievements are not limited only to this, there are lots more that he achieved in his life. He once mentioned in his Judgment that “The Ambition had no bounds; it could reach the Everest heights or put it differently, could engulf the entire Pacific Ocean” and this is what he did.