New Delhi: Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Raman will administer the oath of office to nine new judges, including three women judges, as Supreme Court judges on Tuesday. This is the first time in the history of the Supreme Court that nine judges will take the oath of office together and the swearing-in ceremony will take place in the auditorium of the additional building complex of the Supreme Court. Traditionally, new judges are administered the oath of office in the CJI’s courtroom. With nine new judges taking oath on Tuesday, the number of judges in the Supreme Court, including the CJI, will go up to 33. The Supreme Court can have a total of 34 judges, including the CJI.
A press release issued by the Public Relations Office of the Supreme Court said, “This is the first time in the history of the Supreme Court of India that nine judges will take the oath of office at one go. In addition, the venue has been shifted to the auditorium. This has been done keeping in mind the need for strict adherence to COVID-19 norms.” The release said that the swearing-in ceremony will be telecast live on DD News, DD India and live webcast on the official web portal of the Supreme Court. will also be available on the home page of
Justice Abhay Srinivas Oka (who was the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court), Justice Vikram Nath (who was the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court), Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari (who was the Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court) among the nine new judges who took the oath of office as judges of the apex court. Chief Justice of the High Court), Justice Hima Kohli (who was Chief Justice of Telangana High Court) and Justice B. V. Nagarathna (who was a judge of the Karnataka High Court).
Besides her, Justices CT Ravikumar (who was a judge of the Kerala High Court), Justices MM Sundaresh (who was a judge of the Madras High Court), Justices Bela M Trivedi (who was a judge of the Gujarat High Court) and P.S. Narasimha (who was a senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General) will also be administered the oath of office by the CJI. Justice Nagarathna is in line to become the first woman CJI in September 2027.
Justice Nagarathna was born on 30 October 1962 and is the daughter of former CJI E S Venkatramaiah. Of these nine new judges, three — Justice Nath and Justice Nagarathna and Justice Narasimha — are in line to become the CJI. Justice Nath is in line to become the country’s CJI when Supreme Court judge Justice Surya Kant retires in February 2027. Presently, Justice Indira Banerjee is the only serving woman judge in the apex court, having been elevated from the Madras High Court on 7 August 2018, where she was serving as the Chief Justice. High Court judges retire at the age of 62, while Supreme Court judges have a retirement age of 65.
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