Chief Justice Misra said that he is retiring with satisfaction
“Our judiciary has been strongest judiciary in the world having capability to handle a mind-boggling number of cases,” Justice Misra said. CJI-designate Ranjan Gogoi said the outgoing Chief Justice delivered many verdicts that upheld the freedom of individuals.
The brief history of his service in India judicial system:
Chief justice Misra started his carrier at the Bar on 14 February 1977 and practiced at the Orissa High Court and the Service Tribunal. He was first appointed as an Additional Judge of the Orissa High Court in 1996 and became a permanent judge in Madhya Pradesh High court in 1997.
He became Chief Justice of the Patna High Court in 2009 and later on transferred as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. He was elevated to the Supreme Court on 10 October 2011. And finally became 45th Chief Justice of India on 28th August 2017 while he retired yesterday (2nd October 2018).
Controversies and circumstances during CJI Misra’s tenure
The first and most important controversy started when four Supreme Court Judges who had held the historic press conference earlier in this year against Chief Justice Misra’s practice of allocation of cases to select benches.
He also delivered many landmarks and controversial judgments like the constitutional validity of AADHAR, decriminalizing ADULTERY, entry of Women in Sabarimala Temple case and many others.
While speaking at a farewell function organized by the SCBA for the CJI, its president Vikas Singh said, “It was unfortunate that Justice Misra became a victim of certain circumstances.”
Mr. Singh said that if the situation had been allowed to continue and if the bar had not stepped into support Dipak Misra, an “irreparable damage would have been caused to the institution (Supreme Court)”.
After all CJI Dipak Misra will be remembered in Indian legal history not only for controversy but for landmark judgments delivered by him.