As 9 new judges took oath on Tuesday in the supreme court as supreme court judges, N V Ramana who is the Chief Justice of India also posed for pictures with his colleagues. As the pictures of East online in one of the pictures, Justice NV Ramana was also seen with four other women just judges of the supreme court.
Justice B V Nagarathna, Justice Indira Banerjee, Justice Hima Kohli, and Justice Bela M Trivedi were posing with justice NV Ramana. Along with Justice Nagarathna, Justice Hima and Justice Bela also took oath today and this results in the highest number of sitting women judges in the top court that the top court has ever had. Justice R Banumathi, Justice Indira Banerjee, and Justice Indu Malhotra were the three women judges in the previous high who were sitting judges from August 2018 to May 2020.
Now, this step is great as the supreme court also got its first woman chief justice who is none other than Justice Nagarathna, daughter of Venkatramiah who is the former Chief Justice of India. and from now justice Nagarathna is in line for the post which she will gain in September 2027. And in addition to this was also the first time when 9 judges together took oath at one go. So from now on newly appointed justice Hima Kohli, Justice B V Nagarathna, Justice Bela M Trivedi, and Justice Indira Banerjee who was also appointed in 2018, are the women judges in the supreme court.
A little information about the newly appointed justices
Justice Hima Kohli:
Justice Hima Kohli was the first woman chief justice of the Telangana High court. And she will be now elevated to the supreme court and becomes the ninth woman to get elevated in the history of seven decades. She is well known for defending women’s rights and her farm approach in enforcing executive accountability. In 2016 she was then appointed in Delhi High court as the additional judge but in the next year, she was finally appointed as a permanent judge.
Justice BV Nagarathna:
Justice B V Nagarathna is the daughter of ES Venkataramiah the former Chief Justice of India. She might now become the first women Chief Justice of India and she is now expected to gain this title in September 2027. India’s long wait to see the first woman CJI would hopefully end even though her tenure as a CJI is only for 36 days. Justice BV Nagarathna has pioneered social welfare.
Justice Bela M Trivedi:
The first woman judge from the Gujarat High court, justice Bela M Trivedi, will be now appointed as a supreme court judge. On February 17th, 2011 Justice Bela was then elevated to High court as an additional judge. She was also transferred to the Rajasthan High court as an additional judge in June 2011. But in February 2016 she was then transferred back to the Gujarat High court. She also served as a law secretary from 2003 to 2006 to the Gujarat government.
A press release which was first issued by the top court’s public relations office stated that “This is for the first time in the history of the supreme court of India when 9 judges will be taking The oath of office in one go. In another first, the venue of the ceremony is shifted to the auditorium. This is done keeping in view the need for strict adherence to covid norms.”
Following these elevations now there are 33 judges in the supreme court and if you include the chief justice it’s 34. On Tuesday the nine judges who took the oath of office are justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka, Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari, Justice Vikram Nath, Justice B V Nagarathna, Justice Hima Kohli, Justice M M Sundresh, Justice CT Ravikumar, Justice P S Narasimha, and Justice Bela M Trivedi.