Justice Dipak Misra, who led the Supreme Court bench that confirmed death to four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case in May this year, will succeed Justice JS Khehar as the next Chief Justice of India.
Justice Mishra will be sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind on August 27. An official notification announcing 63-year-old Misra’s appointment was issued by the Law Ministry on Tuesday evening.
He will be replacing incumbent Justice J S Khehar, who is set to retire on August 27. It was Khehar who had recommended Mishra's name to succeed him as the next Chief Justice of India.
Misra is one of the three judges on the Supreme Court bench which will begin hearing in the Ayodhya case on August 11.
The 63-year-old CJI-designate is the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court after Justice Khehar.
The 63-year-old judge, who has been described as a "pro-citizen judge" by his peers, was also among the three judges who were up all night in July 2013, giving a historic hearing to decide on terrorist Yakub Memon's last-minute appeal against his hanging. Memon was convicted in 1993 Mumbai blasts, in which 257 people were killed.
It was Justice Misra who announced the court's decision at 5 am: "Stay of death warrant would be a travesty of justice. The plea is dismissed," he said. Memon was hanged two hours later.
He previously served as the chief justice of Patna and Delhi High courts. Misra began practicing as a lawyer at the Odisha High Court before becoming an additional judge. He elevated to the Supreme Court in 2011.
He will be the third person from Orissa to be appointed the Chief Justice of India, after Justices Ranganath Misra and G B Pattanaik.
Justice Misra will retire on October 2, 2018.