The Centre has approved all nine names recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium, including three women judges, for the appointment as judges to the top court.
According to sources, President Ramnath Kovind has approved the names after being cleared by the government. Justice B V Nagarathna of the Karnataka High Court is on her way to become India’s first woman Chief Justice.
The Supreme court may swear in the nine new judges next week. There are eight Supreme Court justices and one Supreme Court lawyer. For the first time, the Collegium recommended three female judges in a single resolution. It is so good to see female representation in the highest courts which shows strong women empowerment.
They are Karnataka Chief Justice A.S. Oka, the highest-ranking Chief Justice in the High Court; Gujarat Chief Justice Vikram Nath; Sikkim Chief Justice J.K. Maheshwari; and Telangana Chief Justice Hima Kohli, Justice Nagarathna; Kerala High Court judge Justice C.T. Ravikumar; Madras High Court judge Justice M.M. Sundresh; Gujarat High Court judge Justice Bela M. Trivedi; and senior attorney P.S. Narasimha, in that order.
Supreme Court judge Justice Navin Sinha retired on August 18. So there are 10 vacancies left against sanctioned strength of 35 in the top court. Senior advocate P S Narasimha is the Collegium’s choice for the direct appointment to the bench.
B V Nagarathna from the Karnataka High Court, who if elevated, could become the first woman CJI of the country in 2027.
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