Former CJI Ranganath Mishra passes away

Bhubaneswar: Former Chief Justice of India Ranganath Mishra passed away here at a private hospital late on Thursday evening following prolonged illness. He was survived by wife Sumitra Mishra.

Mishra (86), a former Rajya Sabha member had been admitted to hospital following prolonged illness.

Born on November 25, 1926, Mishra was the first chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and had occupied the coveted post for three years between 1993 and 1996.

He also headed several other important commissions including the National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities, popularly known as Ranganath Mishra Commission.

He had also headed the important judicial commission which had probed into the anti-Sikh riots in New Delhi after the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

The eminent lawyer had enrolled as an advocate of Odisha High Court in 1950 and was appointed a permanent judge of the Odisha High Court in 1969. Mishra became acting Chief Justice of Odisha High Court in 1980 and a permanent Chief Justice from January 1981.

Mishra was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court on March 15, 1983 and rose to become the Chief Justice of India in September 25, 1990 and held the post till November 24, 1991.