NEW DELHI: Senior advocate Indu Malhotra was today administered the oath of office as a Supreme Court judge by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, making her the first woman lawyer to enter the top judiciary directly.
With Malhotra joining the bench, the strength of the Supreme Court is now 25, against the sanctioned strength of 31, including the CJI.
Malhotra, 61, was administered the oath of office and secrecy in a ceremony held at court number 1 in the apex court.
This would be the third occasion in the 67-year history of the Supreme Court when it has two sitting women judges together — the first being Justices Gyan Sudha Misra and Ranjana Prakash Desai, then Justices Desai and R Banumathi and now Justices Banumathi and Malhotra.
Malhotra’s name was recommended by the collegium for elevation along with that of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph, but the Centre has sought reconsideration of the proposal for the latter.
Malhotra would be the seventh woman judge in the top court since Independence.
Other women judges were elevated to the apex court from high courts.