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The sitting strength of Supreme Court of India rose to 34 for the first time in its history as four new judges were sworn in today.
Chief Justice of India, Justice Ranjan Gogoi administered the oath of office to Justices V Ramasubramanian, Krishna Murari, S Ravindra Bhat and Hrishikesh Roy this morning.
The strength of the Court was recently raised to 34 from 31. Subsequently, the names of four new judges, Justices V Ramasubramanian, Krishna Murari, S Ravindra Bhat and Hrishikesh Roy were recommended by the Collegium on August 28 for elevation to the Supreme Court. The Central government had cleared their appointments last week.
The Supreme Court has also set up two new courtrooms – court nos. 16 and 17 in view of the increase in strength of the Court.
Justice V Ramasubramanian was appointed as an additional judge of the Madras High Court in July 2006, and as a permanent judge in November 2009. He was transferred to the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad in 2016, consequent upon his own request. After the bifurcation of the High Court, he was retained as a judge of the Telangana High Court. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court in June. this year.
Justice Krishna Murari was appointed as an additional judge of the Allahabad High Court in 2004 and as a permanent judge the following year. He took over as Chief Justice of the Punjab & Haryana High Court in June this year.
Justice S Ravindra Bhat was appointed an Additional judge of Delhi High Court in 2004 and was made a permanent judge in 2006. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court earlier this year.
Justice Hrishikesh Roy was made an additional judge of the Gauhati High Court in 2006 and was made permanent in 2008. He assumed charge as Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court in August last year.