Three new judges were sworn in as judges of the Supreme Court of India on Thursday..With the swearing in of Justices Satish Chandra Sharma, Augustine George Masih and Sandeep Mehta, the apex court is now functioning at its full sanctioned strength of 34 judges..Their appointments as Supreme Court judges were cleared by the government yesterday following a November 6 proposal by the Supreme Court Collegium. These appointments were officially notified by the government earlier today. .Justices Sharma, Masih and Mehta were earlier Chief Justices of the High Courts of Delhi, Rajasthan and Gauhati respectively..Justice Sharma's parent High Court is the Madhya Pradesh High Court, while Justices Masih and Mehta hail from the Punjab and Haryana and Rajasthan High Courts respectively.While recommending the elevation of the three judges, the Supreme Court Collegium had stated in its resolution that it considered a variety of factors including their seniority, merit, performance, integrity, diversity in terms of parent High Courts, social background, etc.The resolution noted that the Supreme Court has a huge backlog of cases, which has increased the workload of judges considerably and which necessitated a full-strength court..Justice Satish Chandra Sharma was appointed as a judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on January 18, 2008. He was elevated as Chief Justice of the High Court for the State of Telangana on October 11, 2021 and thereafter transferred to the High Court of Delhi on June 28, 2022.He served as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court for over two years..Justice Sharma was also placed second in the all-India seniority of High Court judges, and first in terms of judges from the Madhya Pradesh High Court..Justice AG Masih was appointed as a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on July 10, 2008. He was elevated as the Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court on May 30, 2023."During his long tenure as a judge of the High Court Justice Masih has acquired significant experience in diverse fields of law. Before his elevation, he practised in Constitutional, service, labour, and civil matters," the Collegium had noted.He is seventh in the all-India High Court judges seniority list, and first among judges from his parent High Court..Justice Mehta was appointed judge of the Rajasthan High Court on May 30, 2011. He has been the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court since February 15 this year.Justice Mehta is 23rd in the all-India High Court judges' seniority list, and first among judges from his parent High Court.