Justice Dipak Misra shall be the next Chief Justice of India (CJI), replacing Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, who retires on August 27, 2017. President Ram Nath Kovind has undoubtedly made the right appointment for the CJI as Justice Misra is the senior most Judge of the Supreme Court as of now.
He is a person with a remarkable wit and often quotes Shakespeare in his judgments. He plays with words in such a manner that the majority of people are confused. Yet, he has been the man behind many remarkable verdicts.
Verdicts by JS Misra
- NEET 2017 results, asking CBSE to publish the results as it would affect a lot of students who are waiting for admissions.
- Uploading of FIRs on websites within 24 hours of their registration, enabling the people to file relevant pleas in courts.
- Mandating the playing of National Anthem in Cinema Halls prior to the screening of movies.
- Hangings in Nirbhaya Case, punishing the four men who raped and killed a physiotherapy intern.
- Judgment on Yakub Memon case (involved in Mumbai Blasts), rejecting his plea for a stay on the death warrant.
- Defamation pleas of the petitioners – Rahul Gandhi, Subramanian Swamy, and Arvind Kejriwal, asking them to face trial.
- Upholding decision for reservations in promotions, demanding proper evidence for justification.
With such an eloquent contribution to the law and order of the country, he is going to have a busy tenure and his work shall definitely impact the society positively. In fact, he is to pen down the verdict in the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case as well. Besides this, more important and debated issues like the Cauvery waters dispute, SEBI-Sahara payment issue, BCCI reforms, and the Panama Paper leaks are also to be looked into by him. And we can expect a good decision to come from the ‘Wise Man of India’.
Career of JS Misra
He had earlier served as Chief Justice of Delhi High Court and Patna High Court. He has also served as the judge of the Supreme Court for 7 years. He would serve the office as the 45th Chief Justice of India until he retires on October 2, 2018. His career shall be a guiding light for many other law practitioners in the years to come.