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She will be the second-ever woman to be part of the Supreme Court Collegium. Justice Ruma Pal was the first and last woman judge to be part of the Supreme Court Collegium. Justice Ruma Pal retired in 2006.
Thus, Justice Banumathi will be the first woman to enter Collegium in 13 years. She is also one of the few judges from the subordinate judiciary to have made it to the Supreme Court.
Justice R Banumathi enrolled as a lawyer in 1981. She entered the Tamil Nadu Higher Judicial Service as a direct recruit District Judge in 1988 and worked as District and Sessions Judge in various districts of the State. She was appointed a judge of the Madras High Court in 2003 and was elevated as Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court in 2013. She was appointed Supreme Court judge on August 13, 2014.
She will continue to be part of the Collegium till her retirement on July 19, 2020.
With Gogoi demitting office, the new Collegium will comprise Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, Arun Mishra, Rohinton Nariman and R Banumathi.