Supreme Court has reached its full sanctioned strength of 31 after Four new judges were appointed to the Apex Court Wednesday. The total sanctioned strength of of Supreme Court is 31 , which includes 30 Supreme Court Judges and 1 Chief Justice of India (CJI). The length of their term is from their joining till they retire at the age of 65. This is for the first time in 5 years that the SC will have a full sanctioned strength.
Justices Aniruddha Bose, Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai, AS Bopanna and Surya Kant have been elevated to the top court.
The names of justices Bose and Bopanna were earlier returned by the government to the SC collegium citing seniority and representation of regions as the reasons
The move comes after the Supreme Court collegium overruled the centre’s objections to Justice Aniruddha Bose of Jharkhand High Court and Justice AS Bopanna of the Gauhati High Court after observing that nothing wrong had been found regarding their conduct, competence or integrity.
The law ministry issued notification regarding appointment after the President of India Ram Nath Kovind signed their warrants of appointment.
The collegium also recommended the names of justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant along with Justice Aniruddha Bose and Justice A.S.Bopanna for elevation to the apex court on May 9,2019.
Supreme Court as of now was functioning with 27 judges including the Chief Justice of India but after the elevation of four new judges, the apex court will function with its full sanctioned strength of 31 judges.
Justice Aniruddha Bose whose parent High Court is Calcutta is Chief Justice of Jharkhand HC and stands at number 12 in all-India seniority of judges.
Justice Surya Kant is incumbent Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court.
Justice A S Bopanna whose parent high court is Karnataka is Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court and stands at number 36 in all-India seniority of judges
Justice B R Gavai is a judge of the Bombay High Court. Once sworn in, he could become the Chief Justice of India in May, 2025. He will be second Dalit CJI after K G Balakrishnan who retired on May 11, 2010.
The appointments of the four justices came a day before the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha polls.