Justice Dipak Misra succeeded Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar as the next Chief Justice of India. A brief ceremony took place at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Justice Misra.
Chief Justice Misra will hold office for the next 13 months, till 2 October 2018. Chief Justice Khehar had last month recommended Justice Misra's elevation from a Supreme as his successor.
Justice Misra was among the three judges who were up all night in July 2015, giving a historic hearing to decide on terrorist Yakub Memon's last-minute appeal against his hanging. Memon was convicted in 1993 Mumbai blasts, in which 257 people were killed. It was Justice Misra who announced the court's decision at 5 am: "Stay of death warrant would be a travesty of justice. The plea is dismissed," he said. Memon was hanged two hours later.
Back in the high court, the judge was also known to entertain public interest litigation but cracked the whip when people tried to waste his court's time, ruling the court wasn't a laboratory where people could come to play at their own whim and fancy.
Justice Misra, 64, assumes office following the retirement of Justice JS Khehar as the Chief Justice of India yesterday.
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