India is assured to have her first woman Chief Justice of India. Justice BV Nagarathna, presently a judge with the Karnataka High Court, can be the elementary woman Chief Justice of India in 2027. Thus, her administration is likely to be a little over a month.
The Supreme Court Council led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana is understood to have concluded the nearly-two-year-long deadlock by suggesting nine names for assigning as judges in the Supreme Court, sources said. With the retirement of Judge RF Nariman on August 12, the number of judges in the apex court had reduced to 25 as against the approved strength of 34, including the CJI.
Importantly, no selections have been made after the obsoleteness of the then CJI Ranjan Gogoi on March 19, 2019. Sources stated that the five-member Council, which also includes Judge U U Lalit, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao, has sent three names of female judges, comprising Justice BV Nagarathna.
As per the people familiar with the matter, in addition to Justice Nagarathna , two other female justices nominated for the assignment are Justice Hima Kohli, the Chief Justice of Telangana High Court, and Justice Bela Trivedi, a Gujarat High Court magistrate.
Judge BV Nagarathna was elected as an Additional Judge of the High Court of Karnataka in 2008 and as a permanent judge almost two years later. If she becomes the CJI, she will be following the path of her father ES Venkataramiah, who was former Chief Justice of India between June 1989 and December 1989.
Recently, the apex court has only one female justice, justice Indira Banerjee, who is ready to retire in September 2022. There have only been eight female judges assigned to the Supreme Court till date.