New Delhi, Apr 27: Senior advocate Indu Malhotra was sworn in as Supreme Court judge on Friday morning. She was administered oath of office by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra at the apex court.  She is the first woman lawyer to be elevated directly from the Bar to the Supreme Court. Also Read - CBSE Results 2020: Class 12 Compartment Exam Results to Be Declared by October 10

Her name was one of the two recommended, other being Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph, by the collegium to be elevated to the apex court bench. Also Read - No Coercive Action Against Facebook Chief in Delhi Riots Case Till Oct 15: Supreme Court to Delhi Assembly

Earlier on Wednesday, Malhotra’s name was approved by the Centre. On the other hand, the government asked the collegium to reconsider recommendation of KM Joseph’s name. Also Read - Provide Food & Monetary Support Urgently to Starving 1.2 Lakh Sex Workers: SC Directs States

A Law Ministry communique said: “In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (2) of article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Ms Indu Malhotra, to be judge of the Supreme Court of India with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office.” Her name was approved by the SC collegium on January 10, with a resolution of the apex court saying, “In our considered opinion, at present, Indu Malhotra, Senior Advocate, is eminently suitable for being appointed as a Judge in the Supreme Court.”

Malhotra is the seventh women judge in the top court since Independence. Notably, till now only six women judges have made it to the Supreme Court so far. Currently, Justice R Banumathi is the lone woman judge in the apex court.

Who is Indu Malhotra?

  • Indu Malhotra was born in Bangalore and after her schooling from Carmel Convent School in New Delhi, she did her B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College. She obtained her law degree from the Faculty of Law in Delhi University.
  • Malhotra joined the legal profession in 1983 and was enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi. In 1988, she qualified as an Advocate-on-Record in the Supreme Court and has been dealing with several matters of constitutional importance.
  • She was appointed as the standing counsel for Haryana in the apex court from 1991 to 1996.
  • She was counted one among the prominent senior advocates who regularly appear in educational matters pertaining to medical and engineering colleges.

The first woman judge of the apex court was Justice Fathima Beevi. Her appointment came in 1989, 39 years after the Supreme Court was set up in 1950.