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SC gets four new Judges; Judicial strength increased to 34

Team SoOLEGAL 20 Sep 2019 4:30pm

SC gets four new Judges; Judicial strength increased to 34

President Ram Nath Kovind notified the appointment of four high court judges to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, September 18.


Acting upon the recommendations made by the Supreme Court collegium, the President in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution confirmed the elevation of four Chief Justices of different High Court across the Nation to be elevated as Supreme Court Judges with immediate effect.


The four judges elevated to the Apex Court are (1) Justice Hrishikesh Roy, Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court; (2) Justice Krishna Murari, Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court; (3) Justice S. Ravindra Bhat, Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court and (4) Justice V. Ramasubramanian, Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court.


On August 28, the Supreme Court collegium led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had recommended the names of the above-mentioned judges to be elevated to the top Court.


As per the collegium, the names of these four judges were recommended as being more desirable and suitable than other Chief Justices and senior puisne Judges of various High Courts. The collegium had considered combined seniority on all India basis apart from their competence, conduct, and integrity.


The total judicial strength of the Supreme Court has reached its maximum i.e., 34. Earlier the sanctioned strength was 31 but was increased to 34 after following the enactment of the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Bill 2019, in force.


Justice Hrishikesh Roy

Justice Roy completed his LLB from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University in the year 1982 and started practicing in Guwhati High Court thereafter. He was designated as a Senior Advocate in 2004. Later on, in 2006, he was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Guwahati High Court and was made a permanent judge in 2008.


He was then transferred to the Kerala High Court and was subsequently appointed as the Chief Justice of Kerala High Court in 2018.


He will serve his term as a SC Judge until February 2025.


Justice Krishna Murari

Justice Murari did his LLB from Allahabad University and commenced his practice in 1981. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Allahabad High Court in 2004 and appointed as a permanent judge in 2005.


He took over as the Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court in the year 2018.


He will serve his term in the Supreme Court until July 2023.


Justice S. Ravindra Bhat

Justice Bhat pursued his law education from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University and joined the bar in 1982. He became a Judge of Delhi High Court in 2004 and made a permanent judge in 2006.


He remained a judge in Delhi High Court for 15 long years before being appointed as the Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court in 2019.


He will be serving till October 2023 as a Judge of the top court.


Justice V. Ramasubramanian

Justice Ramasubramanian graduated in law from Madras Law College and enrolled in the bar in 1983. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of Madras High Court in 2006 and was made permanent in 2009.


He also served as the Judge of High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh but after bifurcation of the states, was retained as a Judge of the High Court of Telangana at Hyderabad.


He sworn-in as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court in 2019.


 He will serve his term as a judge of the top court till June 2023.

  

Tagged: Supreme Court   SC Collegium   Judges Elevation   Justice Hrishikesh Roy   Justice S. Ravindra Bhat   Justice Krishna Murari   Justice V. Ramasubramanian  
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