The Supreme Court Collegium resolution of August 17 recommending names of nine persons for appointment as apex court judges is noteworthy for its pan-India representation and diversity in choice.
The resolution has come more than two years after the last resolution was passed on August 28, 2019, when the Collegium had recommended four judges for appointment to the top court.
This is the first time a resolution has been passed recommending nine persons for appointment to the top court in one go.
Interestingly, this is also the first time three women are being recommended together for appointment to the Supreme Court in one go.
The resolution has names from different communities and States.
All the nine are from nine different states – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Gujarat.
While four of them belong to the Brahmin community, the remaining 5 are from Scheduled Caste, Other Backward Class, Baniya, Khatri and Kayastha communities.
Justice CT Ravikumar - Scheduled Caste community, Kerala
Justice MM Sundresh - Other Backward Class, Tamil Nadu
Justice Hima Kohli – Khatri, Delhi
Justice Vikram Nath – Kayastha, Uttar Pradesh
Justice JK Maheshwari – Baniya, Madhya Pradesh
Justices BV Nagarathna – Brahmin, Karnataka
Justice Bela Trivedi – Brahmin, Gujarat
Justice AS Oka – Brahmin, Maharashtra
Senior Advocate PS Narasimha - Brahmin, Andhra Pradesh.