Justice Dipak Misra was sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India. At a brief ceremony in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan, President Ramnath Kovind administered the oath of office to Mr. Misra, PTI reported . The Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his best wishes to Dipak Misra.
I congratulate Justice Dipak Misra on taking oath as the Chief Justice of India. I wish him the very best & a fruitful tenure.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 28, 2017
Justice Misra, 64, assumes office following the retirement of Justice J.S. Khehar on Sunday. With Justice J.S Khehar’s exit, the Aadhaar Constitution Bench has lost its lead judge. It will be upto Justice Misra now to either lead the Bench or have Justice Chelameswar lead it.
Justice Misra will have a tenure of about 14 months till October 2, 2018.
As per the established practice, Justice Khehar had named Mr. Misra as the next CJI last month.
It may be recalled that , Justice Misra made history when he led the three-judge Bench which heard Yakub Memon, the sole condemned man in the 1993 Bombay blasts case, who came knocking on the Supreme Court’s door for reprieve in the wee hours of the day he was hanged to death.