New Delhi, Apr 27: Senior advocate Indu Malhotra will be sworn in as Supreme Court judge on Friday morning. She will be administered oath of office by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra at 10.30 AM at the apex court. 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. She is the first woman lawyer to be elevated directly from the Bar to the Supreme Court. Also Read - Sudarshan TV Row: 'Free Speech, Not Hatred,' Supreme Court Says Media Self-regulation System Toothless
Earlier on Wednesday, Malhotra’s name was approved by the Centre. Meanwhile, the government asked the collegium to reconsider recommendation of KM Joseph’s name. Also Read - 2021 Haridwar Kumbh: In a First, Number of Pilgrims to Be Restricted; Entry Passes to Be Issued
On Wednesday, 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.” Also Read - Regulate Digital Media First: Centre Tells SC in Affidavit Filed in Response to Pleas Against Sudarshan TV
Malhotra would be 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. Other women judges were elevated to the apex court from high courts. Currently, Justice R Banumathi is the lone woman judge in the apex court.
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 counted one among the prominent senior advocates who regularly appear in educational matters pertaining to medical and engineering colleges.
Malhotra was one of the members of the Vishaka Committee on sexual harassment at workplaces, as also of a 10-member committee constituted by the top court to deal with complaints of sexual harassment within the court.
She was appointed as the standing counsel for Haryana in the apex court from 1991 to 1996.
Malhotra has represented various statutory corporations like Securities Exchange Board of India, Delhi Development Authority, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Indian Council for Agricultural Research, before the Supreme Court.
She was designated senior advocate by the top court in 2007 and became the second woman to be designated as such by the apex court after a gap of over 30 years.
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.
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. Justice Beevi was elevated to the apex court after her retirement as judge of the Kerala High Court. After serving the top court till April 29, 1992, she was appointed the governor of Tamil Nadu.
The second woman judge in the Supreme Court was Justice Sujata V Manohar, who started her career as a judge from the Bombay High Court and rose to become the chief justice of Kerala High Court. She was elevated to the apex court where she remained from November 8, 1994 till August 27, 1999.
(Inputs from PTI)