With 4 new judges, SC to function at full strength1 min read . Updated: 23 Sep 2019, 06:16 PM IST
- Justices Krishna Murari, S Ravindra Bhat, V Ramasubramanian and Hrishikesh Roy took oath in a simple function in courtroom 1 which is CJI Ranjan Gogoi's court
- On 18 Sept the Central government had cleared the SC collegiums recommended names for the appointment as Supreme Court judges
New Delhi: In a first for India's judiciary, the Supreme Court has 34 judges — the sanctioned full strength — as four new judges took oath of office on Monday.
The oath was administered by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi. Justices Krishna Murari, S Ravindra Bhat, V Ramasubramanian and Hrishikesh Roy took oath in a simple function in courtroom 1 which is the Chief Justice's court.
With the increase in the the number of judges in the apex court to the total sanctioned strength of 34, including the CJI, the Apex court has opened the doors of two new courtrooms numbered 16 & 17 to accommodate the new Judges.
The four new judges were former Chief Justices of various High Courts namely- V. Ramasubramanian of Himachal Pradesh, Krishna Murari from Punjab and Haryana High Court, S.A. Ravindra Bhat of Rajasthan High Court and Hrishikesh Roy of Kerala High Court.
On 18 September the Central government had cleared the Supreme Court collegiums recommended judges names for the appointment as Supreme Court judges. Post the enactment of the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Bill of 2019 into law the judicial strength has been increased to 34.
The sanctioned strength of Supreme Court judges was increased days after the Chief Justice wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to increase the number of judges in the top court.
The Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Act, 1956 originally provided for a maximum of ten judges (excluding the CJI).
This number was increased to 13 by the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Act, 1960, and to 17 in 1977.
The working strength of the Supreme Court was, however, restricted to 15 judges by the Cabinet (excluding the CJI) till the end of 1979. But the restriction was withdrawn at the request of the chief justice of India.
In 1986, the strength of the top court was increased to 25, excluding the CJI. Subsequently, the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Act, 2009 further augmented the strength of the court from 25 to 30.