SC Judges Appointment: 9 new judges take Oath of Office, including three women Judges

Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana administered the Oath of Office to nine new Judges, including three women Judges, of the Supreme Court on August 30. Know the names of the 9 new judges appointed to the Supreme Court of India.

Created On: Aug 31, 2021 12:52 ISTModified On: Sep 28, 2021 12:28 IST
Supreme Court 9 new judges oath ceremony, Source: ANI
Supreme Court 9 new judges oath ceremony, Source: ANI

Supreme Court Judges Appointment: Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana on August 31, 2021, administered the Oath of Office to nine new Judges, including three women Judges, of the Supreme Court. This is the first time in the history of the apex court that nine judges took the oath of office to the Supreme Court in one sitting. With the swearing-in ceremony, the strength of the Supreme Court has reached 33 including the CJI against the sanctioned strength of 34.

This year, the venue for the swearing-in ceremony was held in the auditorium of the Supreme Court’s additional building complex due to COVID-19 protocols. Till now, the new judges took the oath of office in the CJI’s courtroom.

Three out of these nine new judges, Justice Vikram Nath, Justice B V Nagarathna, and Former Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha are in line to become the Chief Justice of India in 2027. Of these, Justice B V Nagarathna could become the first woman Chief Justice of India in 2027.

The Central Government on August 26, 2021, had cleared the names of nine new judges, including three women judges, recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana on August 18, 2021. All nine names were sent to the President of India for issuance of the warrant of appointments. The swearing-in ceremony was expected to be held within the week once the names got approved by the President.

The Supreme Court Collegium consisting of 5 senior-most judges, has been led by the Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Justice Dr Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, Justice A M Khanwilkar, and Justice L Nageswara Rao.

9 new judges, including 3 women judges appointed to Supreme Court of India:

1. Former Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha (selected by the Collegium for direct appointment from the Bar)

2. Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka (Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court)

3. Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari (Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court)

4. Justice Vikram Nath (Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court)

5. Justice M M Sundersh (also a judge in Kerala High Court)

6. Justice C T Ravi Kumar (a judge in Kerala High Court)

3 new women judges appointed to Supreme Court of India:

7. Justice B V Nagarathna of Karnataka HC

8. Justice Hima Kohli of Telangana HC

9. Justice Bela M Trivedi of Gujarat HC

Of the three women judges, Justice B V Nagarathna of Karnataka HC could become the first woman Chief Justice of India (CJI) in 2027 if SC Collegium’s recommendations of names are considered by the Union Government.

Since the inception of the Supreme Court, only 8 women judges have been appointed over the past 71 years. Justice M Fathima Beevi was the first woman judge who was appointed in 1989. Prior to the appointment of the 3 new women judges to the Supreme Court, Justice Indira Banerjee has been the only woman judge in the country’s apex court since her elevation on August 7, 2018.

Justice B V Nagarathna of Karnataka HC

•Justice B V Nagarathna of Karnataka High Court could become the next and first woman Chief Justice of India (CJI) in 2027 if SC Collegium’s recommendations of names are considered by the Union Government.

•Justice Nagarathna is currently a Judge in the Karnataka High Court. She began as a lawyer in 1987 in Bengaluru practicing in constitutional law and commercial law including administrative and public law, arbitration and conciliation, land and rent laws, insurance law, family law, conveyancing & drafting of contracts and agreements, etc.

•In February 2008, she got appointed as an additional judge in the Karnataka High Court. Later in 2010, she became a permanent judge.

•Justice Nagarathna’s father ES Venkataramiah was the Chief Justice of India for 6 months in 1989.

•In 2012, Justice Nagarathna ruled that regulation of electronic media is needed thereby emphasizing curbing sensationalism of news through ‘Breaking News’, ‘Flash News’, or any other way of sensationalized presentations.

•In 2019, Justice Nagarathna ruled that a temple employee will be entitled to gratuity benefits under the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowment Act and not under the Payments of Gratuity Act deeming that a temple is not a ‘commercial establishment’.

Justice Hima Kohli of Telangana HC

•Justice Hima Kohli of Telangana High Court is the first woman Chief Justice of the state. She was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Telangana HC on January 7, 2021.

•Earlier, she was serving as a Judge of the Delhi High Court. In 2006, Justice Kohli was appointed as an Additional Judge on the Delhi High Court, and later in 2007, she was made a permanent Judge on the Delhi HC.

•Justice Kohli had enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi in 1984. She has served as a legal advisor to many Delhi and Central government bodies such as the National Co-operative Development Corporation, the National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India, and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee.

•In 2020, a judicial committee formed to monitor Delhi Government’s response during the COVID-19 pandemic was led by Justice Kohli.

Justice Bela M Trivedi of Gujarat HC

•Justice Bela Trivedi has been serving as a Judge of the Gujarat High Court since February 9, 2016.

•Earlier from February 2011 to June 2011, Justice Trivedi served as the Additional Judge of the Gujarat HC. Before getting transferred to Gujarat HC, Justice Trivedi was serving as an Additional Judge of the Rajasthan High Court.

•Justice Trivedi has been a member of the General Council of Gujarat National Law University.

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