The Supreme Court collegium led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra has unanimously recommended the name of senior advocate Indu Malhotra for appointment as a Supreme Court judge. The ministry’s approval to Malhotra comes 14 weeks after the recommendation from the committee of five senior-most judges headed by CJI. With the approval of law ministry, she will become the first woman lawyer from India to be directly elected to the post of judge in the Supreme Court.
Indu Malhotra is a senior advocate practising in Supreme Court for more than 30 years. She started her career in 1983 and later scored the first position in Advocate-on-record exam of the Supreme Court. Her speciality is law of arbitration and she has appeared in various national and international commercial arbitrations. She has authored ‘Commentary on the Law and Practice of Arbitration in India’ (2014)
SUPREME COURT AND THE WOMAN JUDGES:-
1. Supreme Court was established almost 68 years ago on January 28, 1950.
2. Indu Malhotra will be the seventh woman judge in SC in 67 years.
3. Justice M Fathima Beevi was the first woman judge of the Supreme Court, appointed in 1989, 39 years after SC was first established.
4. Currently, Justice R Banumathi is the only woman judge in SC among a panel of 25 judges, when the sanctioned strength of the judges is 31.
The president appoints the judges of the Supreme Court. The chief justice is appointed by the president after consultation with such judges of the Supreme Court and high courts as he deems necessary. The other judges are appointed by the president after consultation with the chief justice and such other judges of the Supreme Court and high courts as he deems necessary.