With the newappointments, the apex court now falls short of just three judges against it's sanctioned strength of 31.
Taking the total strength of judges to 28, the Supreme Court has got five new judges on Friday. With the newappointments, the apex court now falls short of just three judges against it’s sanctioned strength of 31. Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Navin Sinha, Mohan M Shantanagoudar, Deepak Gupta and S Abdul Nazeer were administered the oath of office by CJI J S Khehar this morning.
At the time of their elevation as judges of the apex court, Justice Kaul was the Chief Justice of Madras High Court; Justice Sinha was the Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court; Justice Shantanagouder was the Chief Justice of Kerala High Court; Justice Gupta was the Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court and Justice Nazeer was a judge in the Karnataka High Court.
Justice Nazeer, who was recently tranferred as the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, is the third judge elevated directly to the Supreme Court, before being a chief justice of a High Court, and will serve a six years tenure in the apex court. Earlier former Chief Justice of India Justice S Rajendra Babu and former Lokayukta Justice N Venkatachala were among the judges who were directly elevated as a SC judge from the Karnataka High Court.
The sanctioned strength of judges in the apex court is 31, including the CJI. President Pranab Mukherjee had recently signed their Warrants of Appointment.
Earlier last year, amid rift between the central government and the Supreme Court over the appointment of High Court judges, former Chief Justice of India, T S Thakur slammed the government stating that apart from infrastructure, vacancies in court-rooms is a major concern for the tribunal. Citing that 500 judges posts are vacant in the High Courts, the Chief Justice claimed that, at present times, there are several vacant court rooms in Inida, but no judges available.
(With inputs from agencies)