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Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra: A profile

He was appointed as the CJI by President Ram Nath Kovind on August 28, 2017.( Image source: YouTube) Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 12, 2018, 12.33 PM (IST)

The current Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra was born on October 3, 1953, in Cuttack, Odisha.

He was appointed as the CJI by President Ram Nath Kovind on August 28, 2017. 

Justice Misra succeeded Justice JS Khehar as the 45th chief justice of India.

He has previously served as the Chief Justice of Patna and Delhi High Courts.

He was also the judge of the Supreme Court before being appointed as the Chief Justice of India. 

Justice Misra has been part of several remarkable judgements.

He awarded death penalty to the four convicts in the brutal Delhi gang rape. 

He also led the bench which rejected Yakub Memon's appeal against his death penalty. Yakub Memon was the convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts. After his decision of turning down the death sentence of the serial bomb blast convict the justice had received death threats through an anonymous letter which said: "irrespective of the protection you may avail, we will eliminate you." 

CJI Dipak Misra came into controversy on Friday after four sitting Supreme Court judges Justice Madan B Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Jasti Chelameswar and Justice Ranjan Gogoi addressed the media for the first time on differences with him.

The judges criticised Supreme Court's distribution of cases to judges and raised concerns about judicial appointments.