Dipak Mishra to join SC bench

New Delhi: Delhi High Court Chief Justice Dipak Mishra, who has been elevated to the Superme Court and is in line to become the Chief Justice of India, today said if he is reborn to be a judge,he would want another stint in the HC.

"I have two prayers to the Lord Almighty. One, the High Court of Delhi, at no point of time, should succumb to the hydraulic pressures of time and it should never say `it is a matter of history`. "Secondly, a personal one, if I had to be born once more and to be a judge, I would like to be a judge in the High Court of Delhi because there is nothing like it on the surface of the earth," an emotional Justice Mishra said.

Justice Misra, who decided over 5000 cases as the head of the High Court, is likely to be sworn-in as the judge of the apex court on October 10 and could become the Chief Justice of India in his over seven years tenure in the apex court of the country.

Justice A K Sikri, the senior-most judge of the High Court, initiated the full court reference organised to bid farewell to Justice Misra by saying that the outgoing Chief Justice possessed eight qualities which made him "attain greatness and great heights."

He also referred to various leading judgments pronounced by the outgoing Chief Justice and termed him as the judge who is "legalist and pragmatist."