The Central Government has approved the appointment of all the nine judges sent by the Supreme Court Collegium. Of these nine judges, three women are also included. One of these names can also become India’s first woman Chief Justice of India in the coming times.
Among the names recommended by the collegium are Justice BV Nagarathna of Karnataka High Court, Chief Justice of Telangana High Court Hima Kohli, Justice Bela Trivedi of Gujarat High Court. The rest are Justices Abhay Srinivas Oka (Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court), Vikram Nath (Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court), Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari (Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court), CT Ravikumar (Judge in Kerala High Court). and MM Sundresh (Judge in Kerala High Court).
At present there are 24 judges in the Supreme Court. Even after the appointment of nine judges, one post in the apex court will remain vacant. According to the news of India Today, the central government has approved all the 9 names given by the collegium.
From among the names recommended, Justice Nagarathna could become the first woman Chief Justice of India. However, she can hold this position for a shorter period of time from 25 September to 29 October 2027.
The collegium in the Supreme Court consisted of CJI NV Ramana, and Justices Uday U Lalit, AM Khanwilkar, Dhananjay Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao.
Since the retirement of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as CJI in November 2019, the collegium had not sent a single recommendation to the central government for appointments to the apex court. The seats of nine people were vacant after Justice Nariman was ousted on August 12.