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Nine judges took an oath elevating the strength of the court from 24 to 33  including CJI

Nine Judges Swearing-in as members of the Supreme Court, Chaired by Chief Justice of India, N.V Ramanna. Source: India Today

On Tuesday, nine judges including three women, took the oath, led by N.V Ramanna, Chief Justice of India (CJI). He propounded the government, scripting history. The collegium recommendation of Karnataka High Court judge B.V. Nagarathna has accelerated the step of getting India’s first woman CJI in September 2027.

Other than Justice Nagarathna, the new judges comprise Justice Bela M Trivedi, Justice Hema Kohli of the Telangana High Court; Justice CT Ravikumar of the Kerala High Court; Justice MM Sundresh of the Madras High Court; senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General PS Narasimha; Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka; Justice Vikram Nath and Sikkim Chief Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari; Justice Bela M Trivedi of the Gujarat High Court.

Here’s a succinct sketch of nine new judges of the supreme court

1. Justice B.V. Nagarathna: There is a prognosis about Justice Nagarathna that she would become the first female Chief of India in 2027. Before swearing-in as a member of the Supreme Court, she was the judge of Karnataka High Court, born on  October 30, 1962, in Pandavapura. Being the daughter of former CJI  E.S. Venkataramiah, Justice Nagarathna Completed her law studies at Campus Law Center, New Delhi. She started her practice as an independent chamber in 1944 until she was deemed as a judge in 2008. During her career, she practiced wide areas such as service law; administrative law; constitutional law, etc. She also contributed her part in the COVID-19 bench, headed by Justice Oka.

2. Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka:   He was born on May 25, 1960, in New Delhi. A former Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court before swearing-in as a member of the apex court commenced his procedure in the Thane District Court with his father, Shreeniwas W. Oka.  He is more prone to public interest litigation.  During his tenure as Chief justice of Karnataka High Court, he headed the bench and passed a slew of decisions on COVID-19 to improve the management of the state.

3. Justice Vikram Nath: Justice Vikram Nath is in line to be Chief Justice of India. On September 10, 2019, Justice  Vikram Nath was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court. He began his practice in 1987. He was raised to the Allahabad High Court on Sep 24, 2004.  He was the one who took initiative for starting the live streaming of court proceedings in the Gujarat High Court. Under Justice Nath’s  Bench -- a  provision will not apply against those couples who enter into inter-religion of their own will; which ruled the law of Gujarat Freedom of religion (Amendment) Act, 2021. He gives impeccable decisions on preventive Detention Cases.

4. Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari:  He was born on  June 29, 1961. Before taking oath as a member of the Supreme Court; Justice Maheshwari was chief Justice of Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh High Court. His under-grad is in Arts and Post-graduation in Law from Gwalior. He did a doctorate on the topic of medical malpractice in Madhya Pradesh. He took in-office for Madhya Pradesh High Court in 2005.

5. Justice Hima Kohli:  She took oath as the apex court judge just two days before her retirement from Telangana High Court. She was elevated to the Delhi High Court in 2006. She did her graduation in History (Hons.) from St. Stephens College, Delhi University.  She played a significant role in ensuring that people were not ignored by medical treatment during the COVID-19 and reprimanded the state for not allowing the entry of the COVID-19 patients from neighboring states.

6. Justice C.T. Ravikumar:  He was a judge in the Kerala High Court before being sworn in as the Supreme Court judge. He completed his law degree from the Government Law College, Kozhikode in Kerala.   He strongly believes that there are no shortcuts in the legal profession. 

7. Justice M.M. Sundresh: He was born on July 21, 1962, in Erode district of Tamil Nadu. Before being elevated to the Supreme Court he was a judge of the Madras High Court. He was the government advocate between 1991 to 1996. Justice Sundresh is acclaimed for presenting precise facts and law on the cases. He completed his law study at Madras Law College. 

8. Justice Bela M. Trivedi: Justice Trivedi became the first woman Judge from Gujarat High Court to be heightened as the apex court judge. Born in June 1961 and is the only one among other nine new judges who worked in the subordinate judiciary as a Civil and Sessions Judge. She was also the additional judge in both Gujarat and Rajasthan High Courts. She had contributed to clench the death penalty to the Nirbhaya convicts.

9. Justice P.S. Narasimha:  He was Additional Solicitor General of India, and the ninth lawyer to be appointed from the apex court. He was chosen as an amicus curiae by the Supreme Court to resolve the disputes related to the functioning of the BCCI.  Justice Narasimha strongly argued his point in the ‘Jallikattu’ ban case of  Tamil Nadu.

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