Hon’ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra
Justice Dipak Misra was born on 3rd October, 1953. He was enrolled as an advocate on 14thFebruary, 1977 and practised in constitutional, civil criminal, revenue, service and sales tax matters in the Orissa High Court and the Service Tribunal. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Orissa High Court on 12th January, 1996 and transferred to the Madhya Pradesh High Court on 3rd March, 1997. While functioning as a Judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, he was the Chairman of Judicial Officers Research and Training Institute for a period of four years, Executive Chairman of State Legal Services Authority for five years, Member of National Legal Services Authority for two terms, i.e., for four years and Chairperson of the Advisory Committee constituted under the National Securities Act. Justice Misra assumed charge of the Office of Chief Justice of the Patna High Court on 23rd December, 2009 and charge of the Office of the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court on 24th May, 2010. Elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of India with effect from 10th October, 2011.
He is a bold and humane Judge. As a Judge of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh, he had struck down amendments to the Act that provided gradually taking away grant-in-aid from the aided educational institutions. That decision saved livelihood of thousands of teachers. While dealing with grant of recognition and affiliation to B.Ed. colleges by the NCTE as they had not fulfilled the conditions under the requisite regulations and there were fictional teachers or incapable teachers, Justice Misra directed for closing down of more than 300 such colleges.
As Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, he directed the Delhi Police to upload FIRs on their website within 24 hours of their lodging so as to enable the accused to have access to the FIR and its allegations for filing appropriate applications before the court for redressal of their grievances. In a Public Interest Litigation, he had directed the shelter homes in Delhi to run properly and declined to accede to the request of the Government to close some of the shelter homes and further issued directions to provide facilities so that people would be in a position to live with dignity in the shelter homes. As Chief Justice, he took suo motu cognizance when a helpless woman gave birth to a child on the road side and breathed her last and directions were given to make arrangement for the child and also how to take care of such helpless and hapless women.