Justices Sudhanshu Dhulia, JB Pardiwala take oath as Supreme Court judges

Justices Sudhanshu Dhulia and JB Pardiwala: Justices Sudhanshu Dhulia and JB Pardiwala were recently sworn in as Supreme Court judges.

Key Highlights:

  • The oath of office was administered to them by Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana in a swearing-in ceremony held in the auditorium of the Supreme Court’s additional building complex.
  • After the appointment of the two new judges, the apex court will function at its full strength of 34.
  • The Supreme Court Collegium, chaired by Chief Justice NV Ramana, had previously recommended that Justices Dhulia and Pardiwala be elevated to the position of top court judges to the Central Government.

Justice Pardiwala is in line to be appointed Chief Justice of India years from now.

  • He would then have a tenure of about two years and three months as the top judge of the country.
  • He would be the sixth member of the Parsi community to become a Supreme Court judge.

Justice Dhulia is the second judge to be elevated from Uttarakhand High Court.

  • He is from Madanpur, a remote village located in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand.

Note: Of the 11 judges, Justice B.V. Nagarathna, is in line to be the first woman Chief Justice of India, albeit for 36 days, in 2027.

About Supreme Court of India:

  • The Supreme Court of India (SCI) is the highest judicial forum and final court of appeal under the Constitution of India, the highest constitutional court, with the power of constitutional review.
  • It consists of the Chief Justice of India and a maximum of 34 judges, it has extensive powers in the form of original, appellate and advisory jurisdictions.
  • It is regarded as the most powerful public institution in India.
  • It was established on 26 January 1950.
  • It is headquartered in New Delhi.
  • The current CJI of the Supreme Court is Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana