The Centre on Tuesday has appointed Justice Dipak Misra as the next Chief Justice of India. Justice Mishra, a former Chief Justice of Patna and Delhi High Court will be replacing the current serving Justice JS Khehar, who will be retiring on August 27.

The 63-year-old is famously known for the final judgment on Yakub Memon’s mercy petition after which he later received anonymous death threats. 

As per reports, it was JS Khehar’s recommendation to make Misra his successor, who will be now sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind on August 27.

Enrolled at the Bar on 14 February 1977, Justice Misra practised at the Orissa High Court and the Service Tribunal. In 1996, he was appointed as an additional judge of the Orissa High Court and was later transferred to the Madhya Pradesh High Court, where he was made a permanent judge on in 1997.