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Supreme Court to get 3 New Judges
Jun 25, 2014

President Pranab Mukherjee has cleared the elevation of the Chief Justices of Calcutta and Orissa High Courts Arun Mishra and Adarsh Kumar Goel, respectively, and senior lawyers Rohinton Nariman as Supreme Court judges. 

Earlier this week, the Law Ministry sent the file to the President after removing the name of the former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium.  The Centre returned his name to the collegium headed by Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha for reconsideration. 


The warrant of appointment is expected to be issued soon to enable them to assume office when the court reconvenes on June 30 after the summer holidays. With their appointment, the strength of judges in the court will go up to 28, as against the sanctioned 31. However Justices B.S. Chauhan and S.K. Prasad are due to retire in July; the Chief Justice on September 27; and Ms. Justice Ranjana Desai on October 29. 


Rohinton Nariman is the fifth lawyer to be elevated as Supreme Court judge after almost 15 years. The first to be appointed from the Bar was Justice S.M. Sikri in 1963. He became the Chief Justice of India in January 1971 and retired in April 1973. Justice S.C. Roy was appointed judge in 1971 and he died after holding the post for four months. Then in 1988, after a gap of 15 years, Justice Kuldip Singh was appointed directly from the Bar. He retired in December 1996. Three years later in January 1999, Santosh Hedge was appointed Supreme Court judge and he retired in June 2005. 


Rohinton Nariman, 58  from Maharashtra was designated as a senior advocate at the age of 37 in 1993 when the then Chief Justice of India, M.N. Venkatachaliah, amended the rules for designating senior lawyers by reducing the minimum age limit of 45. He was appointed Solicitor-General in July 2011 after Gopal Subramanium resigned. He will have a tenure of about seven years. 



 

 


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