In a proud historic moment for the nation, justice Dipak Mishra was sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice, succeeding Justice JS Khehar in India’s premium court of justice. Mishra was administered the oath of office by newly appointed President Ram Nath Kovind, at a brief ceremony at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrpati Bhavan here on Monday.
Mishra (65) began his career as an advocate in 1977 with several feathers in his cap. He was appointed the additional judge of High court in 1996 and transferred to Madhya Pradesh High Court in 1997. In 2009 he was appointed the Chief Justice of Patna high Court followed by his tenure at the Delhi High Court in 2010. Finally on October 10th 2011 he was appointed to the Supreme Court. On this fruitful occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Dipak Mishra and wished him a fruitful tenure of 14 months.
The oath taking ceremony was also presided by several union ministers and eminent leaders, namely Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Former Prime Minister Manmohan singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and leader of the opposition Sonia Gandhi also attended the oath taking ceremony.
Justice Khehar retired last Friday as the senior most judge of Supreme court. He ended his prestigious career with two landmark judgments-the termination of instant triple talaq and the declaration of right to privacy as a fundamental right.
Justice Mishra has at present various high profile cases in his bucket including the Cauveri and Krishna water disputes, the BCCI reforms and the Sahara case. But it’s worthwhile to mention that he spearhe4aded the bench that dismissed Mumbai serial blasts killer Yakub Memon’s plea along with upholding the death sentence given to Nirbhaya rape convicts.
He has also actively supported crackdown of sites to save innocent lives. He also guided Delhi Police and introduced the systematic procedure of uploading FIRs on their website so that the accused could download them and seek redressal of their grievances.
As an ardent nationalist he even promoted the playing of National anthem in all the theatres mandatory. In an attempt to address the legal concerns of the underprivileged class he even implemented the Nyay Sanyog in different states.
One of the biggest challenges faced by Justice Dipak Mishra was being a part of the three-judge bench, constituted by former Chief justice JS Khehar to resolve the Ayodhya land dispute. There are few concerns that hover around his appointment especially his involvement in a land allotment case in Odisha, where his lease of land was cancelled by the government due to certain discrepencies in the affidavit.
Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, presented an overview of the tasks ahead for the new CJI, he said, “As CJI, he is likely to play a role in at least 10 appointments to the Supreme Court. He will also have to ensure that the paperless project that the court has been trying to adopt since former CJI J.S Khehar’s tenure is finally put in practice. Other than that, he has important cases like the Ayodhya dispute to address and will also be the judge before whom all new and pending cases that may arise from the privacy judgment come up.”
Justice Mishra is yet another legal advisor par excellence ready to serve nation’s highest court with his steely determination and honest proclamations and help us instill our faith in the legal system, acting as a beacon of justice for the citizens of India.