New Delhi, Aug 28, 2017: Justice Dipak Misra was sworn in on Monday as the 45th Chief Justice of India (CJI). President Ram Nath Kovind presided the oath taking ceremony.
He has succeeded Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar who demitted office earlier on Monday.
Justice Misra has also been entrusted the task of heading a three-judge bench to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case from August 11.
Misra, who is National Legal Services Authority executive chairman, was the mastermind behind the idea of introducing Legal Assistance Establishments in states to streamline activities to provide free legal aid to the needy.
Justice Dipak Misra enrolled as an advocate on 14th February 1977 and practiced in Constitutional, Civil, Criminal, Revenue, Service and Sales Tax matters in the Orissa High Court and the Service Tribunal.
He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Orissa High Court on 17th January 1996 and transferred to the Madhya Pradesh High Court on 3rd March 1997.
He became permanent Judge on 19th December 1997. Justice Misra assumed charge of the office of Chief Justice, Patna High Court on 23rd December 2009 and charge of the office of the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court on 24th May 2010.
Chief Justice Misra will preside over the top court for 13 months and six days.