Govt clears all nine names recommended by CJI Ramana-led collegium for SC judgeship
The government has cleared all nine names recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana for appointments as apex court judges, sources have told Times Now
One of the judges being elevated, Justice B V Nagarathna, may be in line to become the first woman Chief Justice of India in 2027, thus creating history.
Sources in the Law Ministry have said that the files have been forwarded to the President for further formalities and issuance of the warrant of appointments.
If all goes according to plan, Supreme Court will have the nine new judges sworn in early next week. There are 10 vacancies at present in the Supreme Court which is now working with a strength of 24 judges against a sanctioned strength of 34 judges.
“All nine names have been cleared by the executive, the file has been forwarded to the honourable President for issuing the warrant of appointment and the final formalities are underway. It is expected that the warrants will be signed within two weeks which means that the new judges may take charge early next week”, sources told Times Now.
“A recommendation of nine names together and also three women judges in one go is unprecedented. Regional diversity, representation of SC, OBC and social diversity has also been kept in mind in these recommendations”, said the source.
The nine names include eight judges and of senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha, from the Supreme Court Bar (the 9th lawyer to be elevated directly from the Bar in the history of the SC).
Apart from justice Nagarathna, the other two women judges picked by the five-member collegium are justice Hima Kohli, who is the chief justice of Telangana High Court, and justice Bela Trivedi, who is a judge in the Gujarat HC.
Other names finalised by the collegium include justices Abhay Shreeniwas Oka (chief justice of Karnataka HC), Vikram Nath (chief justice of Gujarat HC), Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari (chief justice of Sikkim HC), CT Ravikumar (judge in Kerala HC) and MM Sundresh (judge in Kerala HC).
The Collegium, also comprising Justices U.U. Lalit, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice L. Nageswara Rao, had met on August 17 to finalise the names.
The Collegium had for the first time, in one single resolution, recommended three women judges. It had also sent a strong signal in favour of the representation of women in the highest judiciary.
Three of the nine — Justice Nath and Justice Nagarathna and Narasimha would go on to be the Chief Justices of India.