New Delhi: Justice Dipak Misra was sworn in on Monday as the 45th Chief Justice of India (CJI).
He has succeeded Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar who demitted office earlier today.
Chief Justice Misra will preside over the top court for 13 months and six days.
Justice Dipak Misra, who was part of the bench that confirmed the death sentence of the four convicts in the December 16 gang-rape case, is perhaps the only CJI with a Z-plus security cover.
Due to safety concerns, security personnel recce as well as sanitise a place before the arrival of Justice Misra.
The Delhi Police had intensified the security cover of Justice Misra, who led the Supreme Court bench that rejected 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon’s last-ditch appeal to stop his execution, to Z plus in August 2015. Justice Misra had received a death threat letter near his official residence in New Delhi, prompting the Ministry of Home Affairs to heighten his security.
Presiding over a three-judge bench, Justice Misra had on July 30, 2015, dismissed Memon’s appeal and he was hanged within a couple of hours of the judgment.
“By hanging Yakub, you did wrong. This will be avenged. We have already come to Delhi,” the letter, found in a brown envelope, had said.
“Kitni bhi security badha lo, hum tumhe maar dengen… your enemy (irrespective of the protection you avail, we will eliminate you),” it further read.
As a ‘Z+’ category protectee, Justice Misra gets security cover from National Security Guard (NSG) commandos. An escort vehicle and a pilot vehicle protect his official vehicle. Each security vehicle has at least three security personnel, while three personal security officers remain attached to Justice Misra round-the-clock.
Justice Misra headed the bench which, in an unprecedented pre-dawn hearing in 2015 when the doors of the apex court were opened at 1 am, rejected last-ditch efforts by Memon to get his execution stayed.