Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra held court, along with his successor Ranjan Gogoi, for the last time on Monday. Ranjan Gogoi will take over the baton from Justice Misra on October 3.
CJI Misra, who presided over benches that delivered a series of key verdicts like the one on Aadhaar and homosexuality during the last 10 days, appeared to be emotional during the brief court proceedings that lasted about 25 minutes.
CJI Misra has headed various benches of different combinations, and delivered several verdicts in the recent past. These include upholding the Centre’s flagship scheme Aadhaar with certain riders and decriminalising consensual gay sex and adultery. The verdicts also include judgements in the Bhima-Koregaon violence case and allowing all women entry into the Sabarimala temple.
Justice Misra was appointed the 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.
He assumed charge of the office of Chief Justice of Patna High Court on December 23, 2009 and became Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court on May 24, 2010. He was elevated as a judge of the apex court on October 10, 2011 and became the Chief Justice on August 28, 2017.