'We live in time of extreme political churning,' Dipak Misra during farewell speech

WION Web Team
Delhi, India Published: Oct 01, 2018, 05.49 PM(IST)

File photo of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Photograph:( PTI )

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Justice Misra, earlier in the day, got emotional while holding court, along with his successor Ranjan Gogoi, for the last time.

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Monday demitted office and made way for his successor Justice Ranjan Gogoi to take over. In his farewell speech at an event held by the Supreme Court Bar Association in Delhi, Misra stated that he does not judge people by their history but by their actions. 

"I do not judge people by their history but by their perspective and by their actions," Misra stated. 

He added that truth has no colour and described Indian judiciary as one of the most robust in the world. 

"Tears of poor man are equal to tears of a rich man," he said, adding that the Bar council connects judges with the reality. 

"We live in the time of extreme political churning," Misra noted. 

Misra's successor, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, hailed Misra stating that "he has upheld freedom of the individual to choose and express choice. Cases like Shakti Vahini, Shafin Jahan and Navtej Johar involved individual's liberty to choose his choice in form of a partner whom society doesn't approve." 

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Justice Misra, earlier in the day, got emotional while holding court, along with his successor Ranjan Gogoi, for the last time.

CJI Misra, who presided over benches that delivered a series of key verdicts like the one on Aadhaar and homosexuality during the last 10 days, appeared to be emotional during the brief court proceedings that lasted about 25 minutes. 

Justice Gogoi, who will take over the baton from Justice Misra on October 3, and Justice AM Khanwilkar were sitting on the bench, which said it will hear no urgent mentioning of matters Monday and added that the matter could be heard later on October 3 by the bench headed by the next CJI.

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CJI Misra has headed various benches of different combinations and delivered several verdicts in the recent past.

These include upholding the Centre's flagship scheme Aadhaar with certain riders and decriminalising consensual gay sex and adultery.

The verdicts also include judgements in the Koregaon-Bhima violence case and allowing all women entry into the Sabarimala temple.

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Justice Misra was elevated as a judge of the apex court on October 10, 2011, and became the Chief Justice on August 28, 2017.

He is demitting office after leaving behind a tenure that lasted 13 months. 

(With inputs from PTI

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