As nine new judges were sworn in as Supreme Court justices today, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana posed for photos with his colleagues.
One of the photos shows him with the four sitting female Supreme Court judges: Judge Indira Banerjee, Judge BV Nagarathna, Judge Hima Kohli and Judge Bela M Trivedi. Now that Judges Nagarathna, Kohli and Trivedi have been sworn in, this is the highest number of sitting female judges the highest court has ever had.
The previous highlight was three female judges — Judges R Banumathi, Indira Banerjee and Indu Malhotra sat as judges from August 2018 to May 2020.
This raise is also important as the Supreme Court will have its first female Chief Justice in Justice Nagarathna. Daughter of former Chief Justice of India ES Venkataramiah, she is queuing for the post in September 2027.
It was also the first time that nine judges took the oath of office at once.
To ensure Covid protocols, the swearing-in ceremony was held in the auditorium of the Supreme Court ancillary building complex and not in the CJI courtroom where it is traditionally held.
This is the first time in the history of the Supreme Court of India when nine judges will take the oath of office at once. In another first, the ceremony location will be moved to the auditorium. standards,” said a press release from the Supreme Court’s PR bureau.
Following today’s increases, the Supreme Court now has 33 judges, including the Chief Justice, against the sanctioned strength of 34.
The nine new judges who have taken the oath of office are Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka, Justice Vikram Nath, Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari, Justice Hima Kohli, Justice BV Nagarathna, Justice CT Ravikumar, Justice MM Sundresh, Justice Bela M Trivedi and Justice PS Narasimha.