Supreme Court gets 4 new judges, taking its strength to 28
jkupdate.com | 02-Nov-2018 04:12 PM
  • The swearing-in ceremony started at 10.30 am in Court No 1 of the apex court and Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi administered oath of office to the four judges.

NEW DELHI: Justice Hemant Gupta, Justice R Subhash Reddy, Justice MR Shah and Justice Ajay Rastogi on Friday took oath of office as judges of the Supreme Court, taking the judges’ strength to 28 against the sanctioned strength of 31.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogogi administered the oath of office at 10.30 am in Court No 1 of the Supreme Court.

Earlier, following recommendations made by the Supreme Court Collegium headed by CJI Gogoi, the Government had cleared their appointments and President Ram Nathan Kovind had issued warrant of appointment for the four judges, who had been chief justices of four different high courts.

These appointments will take the judges’ strength to 28 in the top court which had been functioning with only 24 judges against a sanctioned strength of 31 for several months.

Last elevation to the Supreme Court happened in August when Justice Indira Banerjee, Justice Vineet Saran and Justice KM Joseph were appointed.

With Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Lokur and Justice Sikri due to retire in November, December and March respectively, the vacancy situation in the Supreme Court is likely to remain difficult.

Justice Gupta was the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court while Justice Reddy was the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court. Before his elevation, Justice Shah was the Chief Justice of the Patna High Court while Justice Rastogi was the Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court.

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