The new judges are expected to be sworn in on Monday by CJI.
New Delhi: The Centre government cleared five new judges for the Supreme Court of India.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had approved the appointments on February 2 and the names were then sent to the Rashtrapati Bhavan for appointment. the new judges may be sworn in early next week.
Law Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted to announce the appointment of Justice Pankaj Mithal, Chief Justice, Rajasthan High Court; Justice Sanjay Karol, Chief Justice, Patna High Court; Justice P.V. Sanjay Kumar, Chief Justice, Manipur High Court; Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah of Patna High Court; and Justice Manoj Misra of Allahabad High Court as Supreme Court judges.
On January 31, in an unusual move, the Collegium recommended two more names to the Centre: Allahabad High Court Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Gujarat High Court Chief Justice Aravind Kumar, for elevation as apex court judges.
While recommending the two names, the Collegium had said: “The names recommended earlier by the Collegium by its resolution dated December 13, 2022, shall have precedence over the two names recommended presently for appointment to the Supreme Court.
The top court, which has a sanctioned strength of 34 judges including the CJI, is functioning with 27 judges presently.