Born on 25th November 1926 in Banapur, Odisha. Justice Misra studied in Banpur High School and P.M. Academy and later at Ravenshaw College and Allahabad University. On 18th September, 1950, he got enrolled as advocate of Orissa High Court, Cuttack where he practiced law until on 04.07.1969 when he was appointed as a Permanent Judge of the Orissa High Court. Appointed acting Chief Justice, Orissa High Court on 6.11.1980 and Chief Justice on 16.1.1981. Appointed Judge, Supreme Court of India on 15.3.1983. Appointed as Chief Justice of India on 25.9.1990.