Di­pak Misra, the Man Be­hind An­them Rul­ing to Be Next CJI

A free­thinker, Misra, who will be the 45th CJI of In­dia, ad­vo­cates women’s lib­eral causes His com­mit­ment to con­sti­tu­tional val­ues was ev­i­dent when he got Cen­tre to re­voke prez rule in U’khand

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi : Jus­tice Di­pak Misra will­be­comethenex­tChief Jus­ticeof In­dia, tak­ing over from in­cum­bent Jus­tice JS Khe­har who demits of­fice on Au­gust 27.

The soft-spo­ken, eru­dite judge will be the 45th CJI of the coun­try and will hold of­fice till Oc­to­ber 2, 2018. The law min­istry on Tues­day no­ti­fied his ap­point­ment as the next Chief Jus­tice of In­dia.

Be­fore he was el­e­vated to the top court, Jus­tice Misra showed a quiet con­fi­dence,which­wasto­be­come­his hall­mark. As the chief jus­tice of the Delhi High Court, he had the court up and run­ning within hours of a blast rip­ping through it. Sev­eral peo­ple died in the blast, but he re­fused to be fazed by the blast. “We can­not be seen as cow­ing down be­fore ter­ror­ists,” he had said then, while per­son­ally en­sur­ing that the in­sti­tu­tion was back on its feet.

He showed the same grit and com­mit­ment to con­sti­tu­tional val­ues when he got the cen­tral gov­ern­ment to re­voke Pres­i­dent’s rule in Ut­tarak­hand.

His in­sis­tence that gov­ern­ments stick to con­sti­tu­tional val­ues as ex­pected to in the high­est stan­dards of democ­racy, has had many high func­tionar­ies squirm­ing.

Jus­tice Mishra was part of the bench that or­dered play­ing of the Na­tional nthem be­fore screen­ing of films. In a few days, a bench headed by the 63-year-old judge will start hear­ing the vexed is­sue of Ay­o­d­hya ti­tle dis­pute.

He has been as­signed high se­cu­rity fol­low­ing death threats af­ter he up­held the cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment for a 1993 Mum­bai bomb blasts ac­cused.

A lib­eral free­thinker, Jus­tice Misra ad­vo­cates free­dom for women, in­clud­ing the free­dom to dance in dance bars, but is queasy about money be­ing thrown at the dancers.

MAT­TER OF PRIN­CI­PLE

Even the most churl­ish lawyer con­cedes that Jus­tice Misra knows his lit­er­a­ture, phi­los­o­phy and his­tory. His tales in the court from the Shas­tras are leg­endary.

Jus­tice Misra’s grand­fa­ther was one of the great men who pre­vented Odia from be­ing swal­lowed up by Ben­gali as a lan­guage. He be­longs to the first ju­di­cial fam­ily of Odisha. Ran­ganath Misra, the first CJI from the state, was his un­cle.

His­de­trac­torscite­his­re­cen­trul­ings on Gandhi and the free­dom to lam­poon as chinks in his lib­eral ar­mour. He­wasvery­crit­icalof aMarathipoet who wrote a hard-hit­ting poem lam­poon­ing the av­er­age In­dian for wal­lowing­in­hisweak­ness­es­ratherthan find the Gandhi in him.

ZAHID

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