Justice Must Be Insulated From Disruptive Forces: Dipak Misra

Justice Must Be Insulated From Disruptive Forces: Dipak Misra

Outgoing Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra delivers his farewell address 

New Delhi: Justice Dipak Misra, the Outgoing Supreme Court Chief Justice today, gave his farewell speech and shared a brief recap of his experiences during his eventful stint as the head of the country's highest court.

He said that the Top Court is the strongest institution standing tall in the face of attacks, in a reference that many were likely to see as a nod to his turbulent tenure that saw an unprecedented rebellion by four senior-most judges earlier this year. Justice Mishra said that it had to be insulated from "disruptive forces".

Before taking over the mic in his faewell speech taking place in New Delhi, the Chief Justice-designate Justice Ranjan Gogoi, credited his predecessor for presiding over some of the most difficult cases the Supreme Court has seen. Ranjan Gogoi, is one of the judges who had criticised the Chief Justice in January for misusing his role as "master of the roster"

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"History can be sometimes kind and unkind. I don't judge people by their history but by their activities, perspective," Chief Justice Misra said.

"I am indebted to the Bar at every level and go from here with satisfaction. In my whole career as a judge, I have never dissociated myself from the lady of equity," said Chief Justice Misra, who was appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice in August last year.

Dipak Misra had presided over key cases including the Aadhaar debate and decriminalising homosexuality.

The Supreme Court's Chief Justice Misra faced a major challenge when the Congress sought to impeach him; However the move was blocked by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. Top jurists including Fali Nariman, criticised the Congress' move and said it would set a dangerous precedent -- for example, the ruling party could attempt to remove a Chief Justice if it doesn't agree with his decisions.

"Justice must be insulated from disruptive forces," the outgoing Chief Justice said.

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