- 9 Supreme Court judges take oath at once
- This incident made history as never these many judges taken oath in one go in the top court
- 3 judges are women
In an unprecedented event at the top court, 9 Supreme Court judges took the oath of office in one go. Of the new 9 judges of the apex court, 3 are women and today were administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana in a swearing-in ceremony which was held in the auditorium of the Supreme Court’s additional building complex.
With the swearing-in of the nine new judges, the strength of the Supreme Court has risen to 33 which includes the CJI, out of the sanctioned strength of 34.
Names of the 9 New Supreme Court Judges
- Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka
- Justice Vikram Nath
- Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari
- Justice Hima Kohli
- Justice B V Nagarathna.
- Justice C T Ravikumar
- Justice M M Sundresh
- Justice Bela M Trivedi
- Justice P S Narasimha
Three out of new judges – Justices Nath, Nagarathna and Narasimha – are also in line to become the next Chief Justice of India.
Traditionally, the oath of office to new judges is administered in the courtroom if the CJI, however, the swearing-in ceremony was shifted to the auditorium keeping in view the need for strict adherence to the COVID-19 norms, according to a press release issued by the apex court’s public relations office on Monday.
Delhi: Nine judges — Justices AS Oka, Vikram Nath, JK Maheshwari, Hima Kohli, BV Nagarathna, CT Ravikumar, MM Sundresh, Bela M Trivedi & PS Narasimha — take oath as Supreme Court judges— ANI (@ANI) August 31,2021
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The retirement age of a Supreme Court judge is 65 while that of a High Court is 62 years only.
“The recommendation of these nine names by the five-member collegium headed by the CJI Ramana at its meeting on August 17 had put an end to the 21-month-long logjam over the appointment of new judges to the top court,” said Mint.