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Supreme Court gets 2 new judges, set to regain full strength of 34

The Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana had recommended their names for appointment on May 5. The other members of the Collegium are Justices UU Lalit, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: May 7, 2022 6:58:18 pm
Justices Sudhanshu Dhulia and Jamshed B Pardiwala. (Photos: Bar & Bench)

The Union government Saturday notified the appointment of Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia, the chief justice of Gauhati High Court, and Justice Jamshed Burjor Pardiwala, a judge of the Gujarat High Court, as judges of the Supreme Court.

The Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana had recommended their names for appointment on May 5. The other members of the Collegium are Justices UU Lalit, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao.

At present, the Supreme Court has a strength of 32 judges as against a sanctioned strength of 34 judges.

The fresh appointments will help regain the 34-judge strength, but two other vacancies will arise soon with Justice Vineet Saran set to retire on May 10 and Justice Nageswara Rao on June 7.

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Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia hails from Madanpur, a remote village located in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. He had his early education in Dehradun and Allahabad and is an alumni of Sainik School, Lucknow. He did his graduation and law from the University of Allahabad.

A second-generation legal professional, Justice Dhulia joined the Bar at Allahabad High Court in 1986 and shifted to Uttarakhand upon its formation in 2000. He was the first chief standing counsel in the High Court of Uttarakhand and was later an additional advocate general for the state of Uttarakhand. Designated as a senior advocate in 2004, he was elevated as a judge of the High Court of Uttarakhand in November 2008 and went on to become the chief justice of the High Court of Assam, Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh in January 2021.

Justice Pardiwala was born in Mumbai and did his schooling in St Joseph Convent School in his home town Valsad (south Gujarat). He graduated from the JP Arts College, Valsad, and secured the law degree from the KM Mulji Law College, Valsad in 1988.

Justice Pardiwala is a fourth-generation legal professional. His father, Late Burjor Cawasji Pardiwala, practised law in the districts of Valsad and Navsari and was also Speaker of the seventh Gujarat Legislative Assembly from December 1989 to March 1990. Justice Pardiwala’s grandfather and great grandfather were also lawyers.

Justice Pardiwala started practicing law in the High Court of Gujarat in 1990. He was elected as a member of the Bar Council of Gujarat in the year 1994 and was standing counsel for the High Court of Gujarat from 2002 till he was elevated to the Bench on February 17, 2011. He was confirmed as a permanent judge of the high court on January 28, 2013.

Notably, Jamshed Burjor Pardiwala could become the chief justice of India upon the retirement of Justice PS Narasimha as the CJI.

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