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SC Collegium: Justice BV Nagarathna in line to become the first woman CJI

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Justice BV Nagarathna is in line to become the first woman Chief Justice of India in 2027.
Led by Chief Justice NV Ramana, the Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the names of nine judges for promotion to the top court.

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Justice BV Nagarathna, who is presently a judge with the Karnataka High Court, has also been recommended by the Collegium. She was appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court of Karnataka in 2008 and as a permanent judge nearly two years later.

She is likely to have a month-long tenure. Her appointment will be a historic moment for the country’s judiciary. She will be following in the footsteps of her father ES Venkataramiah, who was the Chief Justice of India between June 1989 and December 1989.

Justice Hima Kohi and Justice Bela Trivedi are the other two women judges in the list of recommendations.

There has been a demand for a woman Chief Justice in India.

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Ahead of his retirement, former Chief Justice of India SA Bobde had said that “the time has come for India to have a woman Chief Justice”.

“We have the interest of women in our minds, and we are implementing it best. There is no attitude change in us. The only thing is we have to get good candidates,” he had said in April.

Chief Justice Ramana has also said earlier that it’s time for a woman to head the judiciary.

Senior Advocate and former Additional Solicitor General PS Narasimha will also be a Supreme Court Judge.

The other judges recommended by the five-member collegium are Justice Abhay Srinivas Oka, Justice Vikram Nath, Justice JK Maheshwari, Justice CT Ravikumar and Justice MM Sundaresh.

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