New Delhi, Apr 26: The Centre on Thursday officially appointed Senior Advocate Indu Malhotra as the judge of Supreme Court of India. The development comes a day after the government cleared the appointment of senior advocate Indu Malhotra as a SC judge and kept in abeyance a decision on Justice KM Joseph, who heads the Uttarakhand High Court. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: Maharashtra Government Files Affidavit Against Late Actor's Father, Claims Did Not Raise Any Suspicion Before
“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 a Judge of the Supreme Court of India with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office,” the official notification by the Government of India read. Also Read - SSR Case: Anil Deshmukh Says Mumbai Police's Investigation is 'Very Professional', Supreme Court's Decision Awaited
Malhotra was, in 2007, only the second woman to be appointed a senior advocate by the court. She is the first woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court directly from the Bar. Also Read - Sushant Rajput Case Death Case: Centre Moves Supreme Court in Patna vs Mumbai Fight, Impleads Itself in Rhea Chakraborty’s Petition
Earlier Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wrote to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra giving out the reasons for the reconsideration of the case of Justice KM Joseph. In the letter, he mentioned, “In the All India High Court Judges’ Seniority List, Justice KM Joseph is placed at Serial Number 42. There are presently 11 Chief Justices of various High Courts who are senior to Justice KM Joseph.”
Adding further, he said that the High Courts of Calcutta, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Manipur, Meghalaya are not represented in Supreme Court. “Justice KM Joseph’s parent High Court is Kerala High Court, a comparatively small High Court and it would have two Judges from there,” Bar & Bench’s tweet quoted him as saying.
Attacking the Congress, Prasad said, “Congress Party has no moral authority or stand to ask questions about dignity of the judiciary from us. The whole record of Congress party is littered with repeated instances as to how the judiciary of India was supposed to be compromised.”
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has refused to give an urgent hearing to a mentioning by a group of Supreme Court Bar Association lawyers, with 100 signatures, seeking a stay on Justice KM Joseph not being elevated to the apex Court. The apex court also refused to stay the appointment of Indu Malhotra as a Supreme Court Judge, when senior advocate Indira Jaising pleaded for a stay, on the ground that Centre has stalled the appointment of Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph.