- It’s probably the first time nine candidates have been nominated for the Supreme Court and all have been accepted by the administration.
- Justice BV Nagarathna of the Karnataka High Court might become India’s first female Chief Justice in 2027.
The government has accepted all nine nominations proposed by the Supreme Court Collegium for appointment as Supreme Court judges, including three women. The names have been forwarded to the President for his approval.
The judges are expected to take their oaths on August 31.
Justice BV Nagarathna of the Karnataka High Court is set to become India’s first female Chief Justice bu 2027, a major turning point in the country’s history.
PS Narasimha, one of the Supreme Court nominees, is also a candidate for Chief Justice, becoming the third lawyer from the bar to hold the position.
In March 1964, Justice SM Sikri became the first lawyer to be appointed straight to the Supreme Court bench. In 1971, he was named as the Chief Justice of India.
The next Chief Justice will be Justice UU Lalit, who was raised immediately from a lawyer to a Supreme Court judge. NV Ramana will retire next year in August.
After the new justices are sworn in, the Supreme Court, which now has 25 judges against a sanctioned strength of 34, will have only one vacancy.
It is likely the first time that nine candidates have been nominated for the Supreme Court, with all of them being accepted by the government.
These names include those of eight Supreme Court justices and one lawyer from the bar.
They are Karnataka High Court Chief Justice AS Oka, Sikkim Chief Justice JK Maheshwari, Gujarat High Court Chief Justice Vikram Nath, Telangana Chief Justice Hima Kohli, Kerala High Court Judge Justice CT Ravikumar, Madras High Court Judge Justice MM Sundresh, Gujarat High Court High Court Judge Justice Bela M Trivedi, and Senior Advocate PS Narasimha.