Dipak Misra chosen as new Chief Justice of India!
Justice Dipak Misra was sworn in on Monday as the 45th chief justice of India. He has taken the oath in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind at a brief ceremony in the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Misra (64), who takes over from JS Khehar, began his career on February 14, 1977, when he was enrolled as an advocate. He was appointed as an additional judge of the Orissa High Court in 1996, and transferred to Madhya Pradesh a year later. In 2009, he became the chief justice of the Patna High Court before moving to head Delhi HC in 2010.
Well, Misra is a soft-spoken but a man with steely resolve, Misra has issued far-reaching orders, some of which have drawn criticism. His order making national anthem mandatory in movie halls ignited a debate.
5 things to Know about him:
1. First thing you should know about him that it was the bench led by Justice Dipak Misra that ordered the mandatory playing of national anthem before movies in cinema halls. The controversial order directed by Supreme court mandated that while the national anthem is being played, the screens will display an image of national flag and the doors of the halls will remain shut. This led to huge controversy.
2. Interestingly, he was also a part of the bench that in the wee hours of 29th July 2015 rejected the mercy plea against 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon’s execution. against 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon’s execution. Memon was later hanged to death on July 30th 2015.
3. Most importantly he also headed a three-judge bench that upheld the historic Delhi High Court’s verdict of sentencing the four convicts of Nirbhaya gang rape to death.
4. In May last year, he headed the apex court bench that upheld the law on criminal defamation, petition for which was filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi among many. The bench in its verdict observed that freedom of speech and expression is subject to reasonable restrictions and rejected that defamation may have a chilling effect on it.
5. And finally, in 2010 it was the bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra that dismissed a plea that challenged the title of Kiran Rao’s film Dhobi Ghat. The petition filed by Hindustan Knojia Organisation of Dhobi’s Chairman Vinod Kumar Kanojia stated that the title hurt the sensibility of a particular caste.
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