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Justice Dipak Misra sworn in as new Chief Justice of India

Justice Dipak Misra sworn in as new Chief Justice of India

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday congratulated Justice Dipak Misra on becoming the Chief Justice of India.

At a brief ceremony in the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan, President Ramnath Kovind administered the oath of office to Mr. Misra. He is scheduled to retire on October 2, 2018.

Justice Misra, 64, assumes office following the retirement of Justice J.S. Khehar on Sunday.

Justice Misra will have a tenure of about 14 months till October 2, 2018.

Justice Misra helmed the bench which upheld the death penalty of the four convicts accused in the December 2012 Delhi gangrape.

Mishra drew flak after he ordered that it will be mandatory for all cinema halls to play national anthem before the start of every movie. In 1996, he rose up to the ranks of additional judge of the Orissa High Court. He was later appointed as the Chief Justice of Delhi in 2010 after serving as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court for six months.

Justice Mishra began his career on Feb 14, 1977. He was also on the bench that rejected the appeal by 1993 serial blast convict Yakub Menon, seeking a stay on his death sentence.

-Before being a part of the High Court Bench, Misra had practised as an advocate in civil, criminal, revenue and sales tax matter in the Orissa High court.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.