New Delhi: Centre has cleared all nine names recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana to appoint apex court judges.
The list includes three women judges, to the government for appointment as judges to the top court. The three women judges whose names have been recommended for elevation include Justice BV Nagarathna of the Karnataka High Court, Justice Hima Kohli, Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court and Justice Bela Trivedi of the Gujarat High Court.
Justice BV Nagarathna is in line to become the first woman Chief Justice of India, in 2027, thus scripting history in the Indian Judiciary.
The files have been forwarded to the President for issuance of appointment warrants. If the formalities are done on time, the apex court will have nine new judges sworn in early next week.
The Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana had recently recommended nine names, including those of three women judges, to the government for appointment as judges to the top court.
The Supreme Court Collegium comprises of five senior-most judges, led by the Chief Justice, Justices Uday Umesh Lalit, A M Khanwilkar, Dr Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, and L Nageswara Rao.
At present, the Supreme Court is short of nine judges, as many judges retired over the last one to two years, the most recent being Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman.
(with inputs from ANI)