In a first, nine new Supreme Court judges, including three women, took the oath of office on Tuesday pushing the total strength of judges in the apex court to 33. Notably, the sanctioned strength of judges in the Supreme Court is 34 and now there is just one vacancy. Interestingly, it was the first time in the history of the top court that nine judges were sworn in at the same time.
Two judges from Gujarat High Court
Out of the nine judges who took the oath of office, two judges were from the Gujarat High Court— former Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Bela Trivedi. Also, Justice Trivedi is one of the three women judges who were elevated to the top court.
The seven other judges who were administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana include Justice Abhay Oka (former Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court), Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari (former Chief Justice of Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh High Courts) and Justice Hima Kohli (former Chief Justice of Telangana High Court).
Justice BV Nagarathna (former Karnataka High Court judge) was also sworn in. The other new judges are Justice CT Ravikumar (former Kerala High Court judge), Justice MM Sundresh (former Madras High Court judge), and Justice PS Narasimha (senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General).
First women CJI
Justice BV Nagarathna, daughter of former Chief Justice ES Venkataramiah, will become the first woman Chief Justice of India in 2027. However, she is likely to have a tenure of just over a month from September 25 to October 29, 2027. The names of the nine judges were recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium to the Centre, which was cleared on August 26.
Aside from Justice Nagarathna, two others are also in line to become Chief Justice, per seniority levels. They are Justice Vikram Nath, who will hold the post between February and September 2027, and Justice PS Narasimha, who will be chief justice from October 2027 to May 2028.
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