Nine new Supreme Court judges, including three women, were administered their oaths of office by Chief Justice NV Ramana this morning. This is the first time in the history of India’s highest court that nine judges have been sworn in at one time.
The ceremony was held in the auditorium of the Court’s additional building complex; traditionally it is administered in the chief justice’s court room.
The nine new judges include Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka (former Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court), Justice Vikram Nath (former Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court), Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari (former Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court) and Justice Hima Kohli (former Chief Justice of Telangana High Court).
Justice BV Nagarathna (formerly a judge in the Karnataka High Court) was also sworn in. Justice Nagarathna is in line to become India’s first woman chief justice in September 2027. She is the daughter of former Chief Justice ES Venkataramiah.
The other new judges are Justice CT Ravikumar (former Kerala High Court judge), Justice MM Sundresh (former Madras High Court judge), Justice Bela M Trivedi (former Gujarat High Court judge ) and Justice PS Narasimha (senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General).
With the addition of these nine judges the strength of the Supreme Court stands at 33, including the Chief Justice, out of a sanctioned strength of 34.
Aside from Justice Nagarathna, two others are also in line to become Chief Jusitce of India, per their seniority levels. They are Justice Vikram Nath and PS Narasimha.