Arun Mishra

Arun Mishra

Former Chief Justice of India

Assumed Office8th Jul, 2014

Retires On2nd Sep, 2020


Vice Chairman of the Madhya Pradesh State Bar Council

Chairman of the Bar Council of India 1998-

Judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court 1999-

Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court 2010-2012

Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court 2012-2014

Age: 0

Tracked Cases: 9



Notable Judgments


In February, a three judge Bench comprising Justices Mishra, Banerjee and Sinha ordered the eviction of tribal communities and forest dwellers whose claims over land were rejected under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights Act), 2006. The order was considered to affect nearly 1 million families and the court stayed its order after sharp criticism.



In In Re : Matter of Great Public Importance touching upon the Independence of Judiciary, Justice Mishra has been a member of the three-judge bench examining claims that the sexual harassment allegations against the Chief Justice of India were fabricated as part of a larger conspiracy to undermine the judiciary’s independence.


In Partap Singh Bajwa v Chairman Rajya Sabha a five-judge bench was constituted to decide if the Rajya Sabha Chairman’s rejection of an Impeachment Motion against the then Chief Justice is subject to judicial review. The petitioners withdrew their petition by objecting to the Chief Justice constituting the bench in a matter that concerned him.


In Common Cause v Union of India a division bench of Justices Mishra and Roy rejected a NGO’s demand for criminal investigation into the ‘Sahara-Birla’ Diary for alleged large payments to politicians.


In Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms v Union of India a Constitution Bench ruled that the Chief Justice is the ‘Master of the Roster’ and enjoys absolute power to decide bench strength and composition. This  negated Justice Chelameswar’s order directing the formation of a Constitution bench in the Orissa Medical College scam.