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Justice Dipak Misra sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India

Justice Dipak Misra sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India

Justice Dipak Misra, who was part of the bench that confirmed the death sentence of the four convicts in the December 16 gangrape case and passed the order for mandatory singing of the national anthem in cinema halls, was today sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India.

Justice Misra was administered oath of office by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind during a ceremony in New Delhi.

As judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Misra has delivered a number of crucial judgments.

Justice Misra will have a tenure of about 14 months till October 2, 2018. The outgoing CJI JS Khehar had prescribed his name as his successor. He is the third judge from Orissa to become the CJI after Ranganatha Misra and GB Pattinaik JJ. The chief minister also spoke to Justice Misra over telephone, an official in the CM's office said.

Misra was then transferred to the Madras high court following which he assumed charge as chief justice of the Patna high court in 2009. He served in the latter capacity until he was elevated to the Supreme court on October 2011.

-He was also heading the bench responsible for rejecting the 1993 Mumbai serial blast convict Yakub Memon's plea demanding stay on his execution.

On May 3, 2016, Justice Misra upheld the constitutional validity of the legal provision related to criminal defamation.

Misra has been entrusted with the responsibility of heading a three-judge bench which will hear a string of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute from August 11. He also led the three judge bench who chose to hang four convicts in the horrific "Nirbhaya" rape and murder case which shook the entire nation apart.