It is for the first time in the history of the Supreme Court when nine judges would be making oath of office at one go and the swearing-in ceremony would be held in the auditorium of the Supreme Court’s additional building complex where Nine new judges, including three women, would be administered oath of office as judges of the Supreme Court by Chief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana on Tuesday. Generally from before, the oath of office to new judges is directed/administered in the CJI’s courtroom.
The strength of the Supreme Court would ascend to 33
With the swearing-in of the nine new judges on Tuesday, the strength of the Supreme Court would ascend to 33, including the CJI, out of the authorised strength of 34. “This is for the first time in the history of the Supreme Court of India when nine judges will be taking the oath of office in one go. In another first, the venue of the ceremony is shifted to the auditorium. This is done keeping in view the need for strict adherence to COVID norms,” addressed a press release issued by the top court’s public relations office.
It said the swearing-in ceremony would be broadcast live on DD News, DD India and live webcast would likewise be accessible on the home page of the official web portal of the Supreme Court.
New Supreme court judges
With that, Other nine new judges who might be administered oath of office as top court judges includes – Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka (who was the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court), Justice Vikram Nath (who was the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court), Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari (who was the Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court), Justice Hima Kohli (who was the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court) and Justice B V Nagarathna (who was a judge of the Karnataka High Court).
Move forward to other than them , Justice C T Ravikumar (who was a judge of the Kerala High Court), Justice M M Sundresh (who was a judge of the Madras High Court), Justice Bela M Trivedi (who was a judge of the Gujarat High Court) and Justice P S Narasimha (who was a senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General) would also be administered oath of office by the CJI.
First woman CJI
Justice Nagarathna is in line to become the first woman CJI in September 2027. Justice Nagarathna, brought into the world on October 30, 1962, is the daughter of former CJI E S Venkataramiah.
Three out of these nine new judges – Justices Nath and Nagarathna and Narasimha – are in line to turn into the CJI.
Continuing with that , Justice Nath is in line to become the CJI upon retirement of sitting top court judge Justice Surya Kant in February 2027. He would be prevailed upon by Justice Nagarathna, who would have a tenure of longer than a month as the head of the judiciary.