Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, Indira Banerjee, has been appointed as a Supreme Court judge. With this appointment, Banerjee becomes the eighth woman judge of the apex court.
Before her, Fathima Beevi, Sujata V. Manohar, Ruma Pal, Gyan Sudha Misra, Ranjana Prakash Desai, R. Banumathi and Indu Malhotra were the women who were appointed as Supreme Court judges.
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A notification that was issued on Friday stated, “In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Kumari Justice Indira Banerjee, Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, to be a judge of the Supreme Court of India with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office,” reported TOI.
With this, a new record has also been created. This is the first time that the Supreme Court will have three sitting woman judges, including Justices R Bhanumathi and Indu Malhotra, the most number of woman judges the apex court has had, reported Indian Express.
Not Banerjee’s first achievement
This is not the first time that Banerjee has made it to the news for all the right reasons. After Justice Kanta Kumari Bhatnagar, she became the second woman to head the Madras High Court.
She succeeded Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and took over the office on April 5, 2017.
The 60-year-old Banerjee will be serving in the Supreme Court for a period of four years.
Besides her, the President also appointed Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court Vineet Saran and Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court K M Joseph as judges of the Supreme Court.
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Kriti Dwivedi is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv