Dipak Misra

Dipak Misra

Former Chief Justice of India

Assumed Office28th Aug, 2017

Retired On2nd Oct, 2018


Additional Judge of the Orissa High Court 1996

Additional Judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court 1997

Chief Justice of the Patna High Court 2009

Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court2010

Judge of the Supreme Court 2011

Age: 68

Tracked Cases: 4



Notable Judgements


CJI Misra headed the Delhi High Court bench which directed that the Delhi Police must upload FIRs on their website within 24 hours of the FIRs being lodged, in order to enable the accused to file appropriate applications before the court for redressal of their grievances. Only officers above the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police can take the decision to not upload a copy of the FIR.


In a case on reservations in promotion, CJI Misra was a part of the bench that upheld the Allahabad High Court judgment on providing reservation in promotions, but only if there is sufficient data and evidence to justify the need. The bench set aside the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to provide reservation in promotion on the ground that it failed to furnish sufficient data and evidence.


CJI Misra led the bench which rejected the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon’s appeal to stop his execution. Despite receiving various death threats, he successfully punished Yakub Menon with a death penalty.


A three-judge bench led by CJI Misra has upheld and authored the landmark judgement confirming the death sentence awarded to the four convicts of the Nirbhaya rape case. The Delhi gang rape and murder shook the nation and spurred the genesis of a stringent anti-rape law. CJI Misra termed the convicts as those who “found an object for enjoyment in her… for their gross, sadistic and beastly pleasures… for the devilish manner in which they played with her dignity and identity is humanly inconceivable”.


CJI Misra had also upheld the constitutionality of criminal defamation, and was part of the Bench of the Supreme Court’s seven senior-most judges who convicted then Calcutta High Court judge C. S. Karnan of contempt of court and sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment.


Tracked Cases