Posted on 19/02/2017
Five new judges were appointed to the Supreme Court on Wednesday evening, taking the apex court’s working strength to 28 but still short of 31. President Pranab Mukherjee signed the Warrants of Appointment for the elevation of Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Rajasthan HC Chief Justice Naveen Sinha, Kerala HC Chief Justice Mohan M Shantanagouder, Chhattisgarh HC Chief Justice Dipak Gupta and Karnataka HC judge S Abdul Nazeer and will be sworn in as judges of the Supreme Court on Friday.
Sources in the government said that the appointments of nine regular chief justices in different high courts are unlikely to be made this month. The Supreme Court Collegium that recommends appointments to the higher judiciary had ealier this month sent separate recommendations for both SC and HC. The recommendations for the HCs have been circulated to the respective state chief ministers and governors for their comments.