Collegium clears Indu Malhotra, K M Joseph as judges of SC

Malhotra, who was designated as a senior advocate in 2007, would be the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed as a judge of the top court, instead of being elevated from a high court.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: January 11, 2018 7:21 pm
The Supreme Court collegium has recommended the name of senior advocate Indu Malhotra as the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed as a judge of the apex court, sources said on Thursday. (Express File Photo)

The Supreme Court collegium has recommended the name of senior advocate Indu Malhotra as the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed as a judge of the apex court, sources said on Thursday. Along with her, Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph, who was part of the bench which in 2016 had quashed the imposition of President’s Rule in the state, has also been cleared for elevation to the apex court.

Malhotra, who was designated as a senior advocate in 2007, would be the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed as a judge of the top court, instead of being elevated from a high court. She will be the seventh woman judge since independence to make it to the Supreme Court. At present, Justice R Banumathi is the lone woman judge in the apex court.

The first woman to be appointed as a judge of the apex court was Justice M Fathima Beevi in 1989. Thereafter, Justice Sujata V Manohar, Justice Ruma Pal, Justice Gyan Sudha Misra and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai made it to the top court as judges.

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  1. Sudalaimani Soundararaj
    Jan 12, 2018 at 2:49 pm
    High court judge can be elevated to Supreme Court as per norms and how a lawyer is selected as Supreme Court Judge? What are the conditions? and why a select few are considered?
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    1. Kushal Kumar
      Jan 12, 2018 at 1:14 pm
      This is being understood as an historic decision of SC , being first of its kind on the administrative side, recommending a woman senior lawyer in SC direct from Bar . In this regard , it may be appropriate to let readers know this Vedic astrology writer’s one of key predictions for India covering 2018 in article - “Astrologically speaking , some highlights for India in coming year 2018” - published at theindiapost last year on 19 October , 2017. Just reproducing the text of the related prediction from the article :- “ The year 2018 looks to be bringing to focus themes ………… Such analysis or discussion could also pave way for NEW ENACTMENTS OR JUDICIAL PRONOUNCEMENTS HAVING FAR REACHING SIGNIFICANCE OR VALUE, COVERING ISSUES RELATED TO WOMEN”. So the decision aforesaid fits into implied overage in the prediction.
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