Two Gujarat High Court judges—Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Bela Trivedi—have been recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana for elevation to the apex court, according to media reports.
The Supreme Court Collegium has also recommended the elevation of Karnataka High Court’s Justice BV Nagarathna who may become the first woman Chief Justice of India, provided her name is immediately cleared by the government.
According to media reports, the five-member collegium, which also comprises Justices UU Lalit, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao, has recommended three woman judges for elevation. Apart from Justice Nagarathna and Justice Trivedi, the third woman judge recommended for elevation is Justice Hima Kohli, the Chief Justice of Telangana High Court.
The collegium is also understood to have selected senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General PS Narasimha for direct appointment from the Bar. Other names, according to media reports, are Justices Abhay Shreeniwas Oka (Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court), Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari (Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court), CT Ravi Kumar (a judge in the Kerala High Court) and MM Sundersh (also a judge in Kerala High Court).
Judges’ vacancy in SC
Justice RF Nariman retired from the Supreme Court on August 12 that brought down the strength of judges in the apex court to 25 compared to the sanctioned strength of 34. Justice Navin Sinha is going to retire today. If all the names recommended by the Collegium are approved, it would fill the current vacancies. Notably, no appointment has been made after the superannuation of the then CJI Ranjan Gogoi on March 19, 2019.
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