The Central government has recently appointed Dipak Misra as the successor of imperative Justice J S Khehar who is all set to retire from his illustrious post on 27th August 2017. It was he who recommended Dipak Mishra’s name. Mr Misra will be the third person from the state of Orissa to hold this post after Justice G B Pattanaik and Ranganath Mishra. He is as of now the senior most judge of the country’s highest court, Supreme Court.
Dipak Misra started his career as an Advocate in the year 1977. He started off his career by practicing in Civil, Constitutional, Revenue, Criminal, Sales and Service Tax matters at the Service Tribunal and Orissa High Court. Eventually, he was named as the additional judge of the Orissa High Court in the year 1996 and a year later, he was relocated to Madhya Pradesh High Court in March 1997. He was made the permanent judge over there in December 1997. After which, he was appointed as Chief Justice of Patna High Court in the year 2009 and the following year, he was made the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court. In October 2011, he was finally appointed as a Judge at the pinnacle court that is the Supreme Court of India.
As a Supreme Court judge, he garnered immense fame after his landmark verdicts in the case of Yakub Menon. Even after a lot of pressure, he refused to bow down from the verdict that he passed. He has faced lot of death threats, but never changed his verdict. Among some other cases in which his verdict created a lot of buzz ,was the case of Reservations in promotions in the state of Uttar Pradesh. He was instrumental in clearing off 5000 pending cases during his term. He worked progressively in empowering Lok Adalats. Among his recent verdicts, he headed the bench on the issue of uplifting the ban on dance bars in Maharashtra. He again created a lot of buzzes when he along with a bench of veteran judges passed the verdict that patrons should stand up from their seats when National Flag and National Anthem features in theatres across the nation. It was he who introduced the idea of establishing the Legal Assistance in each and every state so that free legal aid reaches every needy people.
He was arguably the best choice to become the 45th Chief Justice of India. Many more landmark verdicts will surely come during his term.
Article by Navneet