Four new judges were sworn in as Supreme Court judges today. The swearing-in ceremony started at 10:30 am in court number 1 of the apex court where Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi administered the oath of office to Justices Hemant Gupta, R Subhash Reddy, M R Shah and Ajay Rastogi.
The apex court has a sanctioned strength of 31. With the elevation of these four new judges, the strength has risen from 24 to 28.
On Thursday, the President Ramnath Kovind had given his consent to the recommendation of the Supreme Court Collegium for elevating Gupta, Reddy, Shah and Rastogi, who were chief justices of different high courts.
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Justice Gupta was the chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, and Justice Reddy was the Gujarat High Court’s chief justice. While Justice Shah was the chief justice of the Patna High Court and Justice Rastogi was the chief justice of the Tripura High Court.
The Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and comprising its four-senior most judges had on October 30 recommended to the Centre the names of the four for elevation as judges in the apex court.
This year, two apex court judges — justices Lokur and Kurian Joseph — are set to retire while Justice Sikri will demit office in March 2019.