Within two weeks after the Centre raised the sanctioned strength of Supreme Court judges from the current 30 to 34 (including (CJI) Chief Justice of India, the Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the names of four sitting Chief Justices of various High Courts to the Centre for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court.
The decision was taken at the meeting convened by the Collegium on August 28 and again on Thursday to appoint Justice V Ramasubramanian (Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court), Justice Krishna Murari (Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court), Justice S Ravindra Bhat (Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court) and Justice Hrishikesh Roy (Chief Justice of Kerala High Court). An official communication on the website of the Supreme Court is still awaited, although sources in the top court confirmed that the decision to this effect has been taken.
It was in May this year, four judges were elevated to the apex court creating history as for the first time ever, the Supreme Court’s sanctioned strength of 31 judges was fully achieved. This week, with the retirement of Justice AM Sapre, the count reduced by one, but coupled with the latest amendment to the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Act, three additional posts required to be filled up along with an existing vacancy.