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.