Indu Malhotra to be first woman directly appointed as apex court judge

Indu Malhotra
Indu Malhotra

SC Collegium on Thursday recommended Senior advocate, Indu Malhotra’s name as first woman lawyer to be directly appointed an apex court judge.

Sources told NDTV that the top court’s collegium, a committee of its senior-most judges led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, had decided on the two names against the six vacancies.

Of the top court’s 25 judges, only one is a woman, Justice R Banumathi. She was elevated to the top court in August 2014. Justice Banumathi was the sixth woman to become a Supreme Court judge. Justice Fathima Beevi was the first in 1989.

The Supreme Court collegium also clears the name of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph as a top court judge.

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