New Delhi: Four High Court Chief Justices – Hemant Gupta, Ajay Rastogi, MR Shah and R Subhash Reddy – were sworn-in as the Supreme Court judge on Friday, taking the strength of the apex court to 28 from the present 24. Notably, the sanctioned strength of the SC is 31. Also Read - All COVID-19 Deaths to be Certified: Centre Tells Supreme Court on 'Unaccounted' Fatalities
The swearing-in ceremony started at 10:30 am in court number 1 of the apex court and Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi administered oath of office to the four judges. Also Read - Can't Pay Rs 4 Lakh Compensation For COVID Victims & Exhaust All Disaster Funds: Centre Tells Supreme Court
The elevation or the appointments of the four HC Chief Justices to the top court was notified by the Law Ministry on Thursday night, within 48 hours of the collegium recommending their names to the government. Also Read - Supreme Court Refuses to Cancel, Postpone PG Final-Year Medical Exams
On Tuesday, the SC collegium, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had recommended the names of Justices Hemant Gupta, Ajay Rastogi, MR Shah and R Subhash Reddy for their elevation as apex court judges.
For the unversed, two judges — Justices Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — are set to retire from the top court this year, while Justice AK Sikri would demit office in March 2019.
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Justice Hemant Gupta is currently the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. He was appointed as a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on July 2, 2002, and on February 8, 2016, he was transferred to the Patna High Court where he was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice on October 29, 2016. He was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh HC on March 18, 2017.
Justice Ajay Rastogi is the Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court. He was appointed as a judge of the Rajasthan High Court in September, 2004 and was also made the Acting Chief Justice there. He had taken oath as the Chief Justice of the Tripura HC on March 1, 2018.
Justice MR Shah is the incumbent Chief Justice of the Patna High Court. He was sworn-in to the post in August this year. Earlier, he had served as a judge of the Gujarat High Court after his appointment to the post on March 7, 2004.
Justice R Subhash Reddy, currently serving as the Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court, was elevated as an additional judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on December 2, 2002. He took charge the Gujarat HC Chief Justice on February 13, 2016.