26 July 2017
Bhubaneswar: As incumbent Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice J.S. Khehar retires on August 27, he is said to have recommended Justice Dipak Misra as his successor, as per media reports.
In pursuance of the laid down procedure, the Union Law Minister formally seeks the recommendation of the CJI on his successor.
Media further reported that the memorandum of procedure that guides the appointment, transfer and elevation of judges of the Supreme Court and the 24 High Courts, the CJI appointment should be of the senior most judge of the Supreme Court considered fit to hold the office.
Justice Mishra (63), hailing from Odisha, is the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court after incumbent CJI Justice Khehar.
Justice Misra will retire on October 2, 2018, the media reports added.
Notably, Justice Ranganath Mishra had been the first ever legal luminary from Odisha to be the CJI from September 1990 to November 1991.