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Justice Dipak Misra on Monday was sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India (CJI) and was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Justice Misra succeeds Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar who demitted office earlier on Monday.
Chief Justice Misra will preside over the top court for 13 months and six days.
Justice Dipak Misra enrolled as an Advocate on February 14, 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 January 17, 1996 and transferred to the Madhya Pradesh High Court on March 3, 1997.
Justice Misra became permanent Judge on December 19, 1997. Justice Misra assumed charge of the office of Chief Justice, Patna High Court on December 29, 2009 and charge of the office of the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court in May 2010.
As Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, Misra helped decide over 5000 cases and helped clear the backlog of cases by making the Mediation Centre and Lok Adalats more effective. He was elevated as a Judge of Supreme Court of India on 10th October 2011. His verdict in Own Motion vs State that Delhi Police upload FIRs on their website within 24 hours of their lodging to enable the accused to file appropriate applications before the court for redressal of their grievances was a notable one.
In a case on Reservation in Promotion, Justice Misra and Justice Dalveer Bhandari upheld the Allahabad High Court judgement and held that reservation in promotions can be provided only if there is sufficient data and evidence to justify the need. The bench rejected Uttar Pradesh government's decision to provide reservation in promotion on the ground that it failed to furnish sufficient valid data.