Meet Indu Malhotra, the first woman lawyer recommended directly for SC judgeship

Indu Malhotra will be one of only seven women judges that the apex court has had so far since independence. At present, Justice R Banumathi is the lone woman judge in the apex court.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 11, 2018 9:33 pm
Meet Indu Malhotra, the first woman lawyer recommended directly for SC judgeship Indu Malhotra (Image source: ANI)

In a first of its kind incident in the history of Indian judiciary, the Supreme Court collegium on Thursday recommended senior advocate Indu Malhotra as the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed as a judge of the apex court.

She will be one of only seven women judges that the top court has had so far since independence. At present, Justice R Banumathi is the lone woman judge in the apex court.

In 1989, Justice M Fathima Beevi became the first woman to be appointed as a judge of the apex court. 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.

Indu is a senior counsel practising in the Supreme Court for the past 30 years. She was the second woman to be designated senior advocate by the apex court in 2007.

Born in 1956 in Bengaluru (then Bangalore), Indu joined the legal profession in 1983 and was enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi. In 1988, she qualified as an Advocate-on-Record in the Supreme Court, and secured the first position in the examination, for which she was awarded the Mukesh Goswami Memorial Prize on Law Day.

She has also served as a member of the Centre-appointed High Level Committee (HLC) in the Ministry of Law and Justice to review ‘Institutionalization of Arbitration Mechanism in India’.

She has authored the third edition of a commentary ‘The Law and Practice of Arbitration and Conciliation, 2014’ which was recently released in April 2014.

Along with Indu, the collegium has also recommended Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph’s name to be elevated as the apex court judge. Joseph was part of the bench which in 2016 had quashed the imposition of President’s Rule in the state.

(With agency inputs)

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  1. Kushal Kumar
    Jan 12, 2018 at 1:08 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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    1. Csasi Dharan
      Jan 12, 2018 at 7:41 am
      Women empowerment
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      1. Ash Nair
        Jan 12, 2018 at 4:22 am
        The collegium process as it exists now in Indian Judiciary is a sham. Its rife with nepotism, corruption and favouritism. To say that the judiciary does not want to hold itself to the same standards it advocates to the other 2 wings of government is nothing less than accurate. The Indian judiciary acts like unaccounted thugs who will do as they please as the cons ution looks on. Imagine politicians saying that vigilance and enforcement agencies are unnecessary because tey are all upright and honest and can self-regulate. The collegium is one suc sam perpetrated on the tax paying citizens of this country.
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        1. smart india
          Jan 12, 2018 at 12:23 am
          most men judges are corrupted. I hope she works honestly
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          1. JosephMumbai Mumbai
            Jan 12, 2018 at 12:07 am
            Supreme Court selection process is a fraud. Judges appointing Judges! MOST of the judges are multi millionaires. How did they get this rich on government ry. Selection process should be transparent, the selected individual thoroughly probed. There lies the confidence of the people.
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            1. JosephMumbai Mumbai
              Jan 12, 2018 at 12:08 am
              s a l a r y
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