Justice Dipak Misra is the only Supreme Court judge to use a bullet-proof Ambassador car with a police escort.
Justice Dipak Misra was on Monday sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India (CJI). At a brief ceremony in the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan, President Ramnath Kovind administered the oath of office to Justice Dipak Misra. He is the only Supreme Court judge to use a bullet-proof Ambassador car with a police escort, according to a report in TOI. Moreover, he will the first CJI to have Z category security cover, the report added. Noteworthy, Justice Dipak Misra was part of the bench that confirmed the death sentence of the four convicts in the December 16 gangrape case and passed the order for mandatory singing of the national anthem in cinema halls.
Justice Misra took the oath in English in the name of God. Justice Misra, 64, assumes office following the retirement of Justice J S Khehar. Justice Misra will remain in office till October 2, 2018. As per the established practice, Justice Khehar had named Misra as the next CJI last month.
Shri Justice Dipak Misra was sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan today pic.twitter.com/tFyXosAvHr
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He was the chief justice of the Patna High Court and the Delhi high court before being elevated to the apex court in October 2011. He was appointed as an additional judge of the Orissa High Court on January 17, 1996, before his transfer to the Madhya Pradesh High Court. He became a permanent judge on December 19, 1997.
Justice Misra is currently presiding over a bench hearing the Cauvery and Krishna river water disputes, BCCI reforms and Sahara case among others.
Justice Misra, along with Justice P C Pant, had in May, declined to de-criminalise defamation an offence punishable with two years in jail apart from fine saying the right to free speech cannot mean that a citizen can defame anybody.