The Supreme Court Collegium led by Justice NV Ramana and comprising four senior-most judges has reportedly selected nine names to fill for appointment to the top court of India.
The five-member collegium which comprises Justices UU Lalit, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud, and L Nageswara Rao seemed to ignore the north-eastern states, which had only three judges – H K Sema, M K Sharma, and Ranjan Gogoi in the last 15 years.
The list of recommendations includes an unprecedented three women, Justice BV Nagarathna of Karnataka HC being one among them who could also become the country’s first woman CJI. The other names selected for appointment as Judges are Justice Hima Kohli of Telangana HC, Justice Bela Trivedi of Gujarat HC, Karnataka CJ A S Oka, CJ Vikram Nath of Gujarat HC, CJ of Sikkim HC J K Maheshwari, Justice C T Ravi Kumar, and Justice M M Sundaresh, both from HC Madras.
With a total of 34 judges, there will be 10 vacancies in the top court after the retirement of SC judge Justice Navin Sinha, on Wednesday.
Out of these 10 vacancies, the collegium has zeroed in on nine names which, if accepted by the government would concentrate the judge population in the SC mainly to the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, and Tamil Nadu.
Justice BV Nagarathna from the Karnataka High Court, who if accepted on recommendation, could become the country’s first woman CJI in February 2027 and hold the post until October 29, 2027, for 8 months. She was born on 30 Oct 1962 to 19th CJI Engalaguppe Seetharamiah Venkataramiah.
She enrolled herself as an advocate in Oct 1987 at Banglore and was appointed as an Additional Judge of Karnataka HC on Feb 18, 2008. Further, she became a permanent Judge on February 17, 2020.
Justice Nagarathna would succeed Justice Surya Kant as CJI in February 2027 and become the first woman CJI.