Govt clears names of 9 Judges including 3 Women for the Supreme Court

Govt clears names of 9 Judges including 3 Women for the Supreme Court
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The government of India has approved all nine names for the judges of the Supreme Court. These include three women judges also, as recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium. These names have been sent to the President of India for approval.

The judges are likely to take oath on August 31. Moreover, Justice BV Nagarathna, of the Karnataka High Court, is in line to become the first woman Chief Justice of India. This will be a historic milestone in the nation’s history.

Justice SM Sikri was the first lawyer to be elevated directly to the Supreme Court bench in March 1964. He became the CJI in 1971.

Justice UU Lalit, who was elevated directly from a lawyer to a Supreme Court judge, is also set to become Chief Justice after NV Ramana retires in 2021.

Furthermore, the apex court has 25 judges against a sanctioned strength of 34. It will be left with only one vacancy after the new judges are sworn in.

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These nine names include eight judges and one lawyer from the Supreme Court Bar. The Supreme Court Collegium comprises Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices U U Lalit, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao.

The nine names nominated by the collegium were four High Court Chief Justices namely Vikram Nath (Gujarat), A S Oka (Karnataka), Hima Kohli (Telangana) and J K Maheshwari (Sikkim) — four High Court judges Justices B V Nagarathna (Karnataka), M M Sundresh (Madras), C T Ravikumar (Kerala) and Bela M Trivedi (Gujarat), and Senior Advocate P S Narasimha.

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