- Ms. Malhotra would be only the seventh woman judge in the Supreme Court’s 68-year-old history
- Justice Joseph was on the bench that in 2016 quashed the imposition of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand
New Delhi: In a historic decision, Justice Aniruddha Bose is going to be the next chief justice of the Delhi high court and senior advocate Indu Malhotra a judge of the Supreme Court, becoming the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed to the top court.
The Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra will promote five other judges as chief justices of high courts and will also appoint another judge to the Supreme Court, the chief justice of the Uttarakhand high court, KM Joseph.
Some sources also informed that Justice Joseph, who was on the bench that in 2016 quashed the imposition of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand has been awaiting transfer to Andhra Pradesh for almost a year.
This is the first time in history that a woman lawyer has been recommended for direct elevation from the Bar to a Supreme Court judgeship. Ms. Malhotra would be only the seventh woman judge in the Supreme Court’s 68-year-old history.
Justice M. Fathima Beevi was the first woman Supreme Court judge, appointed 39 years after the apex court was established in 1950. The second woman judge was Justice Sujata V. Manohar, who was appointed in 1994 for a five-year tenure in the Supreme Court. The other five women judges are Justices Ruma Pal, Gyan Sudha Misra, Ranjana Prakash Desai, who was part of the Bench which confirmed the death penalty of the lone 26/11 Mumbai attacks convict Ajmal Kasab, and R. Banumathi, who was one of the judges who confirmed the death sentence for four convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape appeals.
Women judges in Shillong District Court
The district court in Shillong has all women Judges for the administration of justice in matrilineal Meghalaya. There are six women Judges in the District Court.
While the District and Sessions Judge is B Mawrie, the Assistant to District and Sessions Court is D K Kharbteng. Mawrie is also the Special Judge, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences, NDPS and CBI.
Other women Judges include Chief Judicial Magistrate KML Nongbri, Judicial Magistrate First Class-cum-Assistant to DC L. Kharshiing, Judicial Magistrate First Class-cum-Assistant to DC M. K. Lyngdoh and Judicial Magistrate First Class cum Assistant to DC R.M Kharsyntiew.
(Inputs from HT Media & TNT)