Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and L Nagesawara Rao were Friday sworn-in as Supreme Court judges, taking the apex court’s strength to 29. They were administered the oath of office by Chief Justice T S Thakur.
Justices Khanwilkar, Chand-rachud and Bhushan were the Chief Justices of Madhya Pradesh High Court, Allahabad HC and Kerala High Court, respectively. Justice Rao, who was a senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General, has been elevated as an apex court judge.
The sanctioned strength of judges in the apex court is 31, including the Chief Justice of India.
The elevation was part of the first set of recommendations made by the SC Collegium after the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act was struck down last year.