Centre approves nine names, including 3 women judges, for elevation to Supreme Court

The government has accepted all nine names, including three women judges, recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium for appointment as judges of the top court.

The names have been sent to the President for approval. All these 9 judges are likely to be sworn in on August 31.

The names comprise eight judges and one lawyer from the Supreme Court Bar.

They are Karnataka High Court Chief; Gujarat High Court Chief Justice Vikram Nath; Sikkim Chief Justice JK Maheshwari; Telangana Chief Justice Hima Kohli; Justice BV Nagarathna of the Karnataka High Court; Kerala High Court Judge, Justice CT Ravikumar; Madras High Court Judge, Justice MM Sundresh; Gujarat High Court Judge Justice Bela M Trivedi; and Senior Advocate PS Narasimha.

The Supreme Court, which has 25 judges against a sanctioned strength of 34, will be left with only one vacancy after the new judges are sworn in.

 It is probably the first time that nine names have been recommended for the Supreme Court and all have been approved by the government.