Supreme Court: India: Sitting judges

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The sitting judges

As in February 2017

1 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar (DoB.28.08.1952)

Term of Office: (DoA) 13.09.2011 to (DoR) 27.08.2017

Appointed as The Chief Justice of India on 04.01.2017


Hon'ble Judges


2 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra (DoB.03.10.1953)

Term of Office: (DoA) 10.10.2011 to (DoR) 02.10.2018


3 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Jasti Chelameswar (DoB.23.06.1953)

Term of Office: (DoA) 10.10.2011 to (DoR) 22.06.2018


4 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Ranjan Gogoi (DoB.18.11.1954)

Term of Office: (DoA) 23.04.2012 to (DoR) 17.11.2019


5 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Madan Bhimarao Lokur (DoB.31.12.1953)

Term of Office: (DoA) 04.06.2012 to (DoR) 30.12.2018


6 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose (DoB.28.05.1952)

Term of Office: (DoA) 08.03.2013 (F.N.) to (DoR) 27.05.2017


7 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Kurian Joseph (DoB.30.11.1953)

Term of Office: (DoA) 08.03.2013 to (DoR) 29.11.2018


8 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri (DoB.07.03.1954)

Term of Office: (DoA) 12.04.2013 to (DoR) 06.03.2019


9 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde (DoB.24.04.1956)

Term of Office: (DoA) 12.04.2013 to (DoR) 23.04.2021


10 Hon'ble Mr. Justice R.K. Agrawal (DoB. 05.05.1953)

Term of Office: (DoA) 17.02.2014 to (DoR) 04.05.2018


11 Hon'ble Mr. Justice N.V. Ramana (DoB. 27.08.1957)

Term of Office: (DoA) 17.02.2014 to (DoR) 26.08.2022


12 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Arun Mishra (DoB. 03.09.1955)

Term of Office: (DoA) 07.07.2014 to (DoR) 02.09.2020


13 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel (DoB. 07.07.1953)

Term of Office: (DoA) 07.07.2014 to (DoR) 06.07.2018


14 Hon'ble Mr. Justice R.F. Nariman (DoB. 13.08.1956)

Term of Office: (DoA) 07.07.2014 to (DoR) 12.08.2021


15 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre (DoB. 28.08.1954)

Term of Office: (DoA) 13.08.2014 to (DoR) 27.08.2019


16 Hon'ble Mrs. Justice R. Banumathi (DoB. 20.07.1955)

Term of Office: (DoA) 13.08.2014 (F.N.) to (DoR) 19.07.2020


17 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Prafulla Chandra Pant (DoB. 30.08.1952)

Term of Office: (DoA) 13.08.2014 to (DoR) 29.08.2017


18 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Uday Umesh Lalit (DoB. 09.11.1957)

Term of Office: (DoA) 13.08.2014 to (DoR) 08.11.2022


19 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Amitava Roy (DoB.01.03.1953)

Term of Office: (DoA) 27.02.2015 to (DoR) 01.03.2018


20 Hon'ble Mr. Justice A.M. Khanwilkar(DoB.30.07.1957)

Term of Office: (DoA) 13.05.2016 to (DoR) 29.07.2022


21 Hon'ble Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud (DoB. 11.11.1959)

Term of Office: (DoA) 13.05.2016 to (DoR) 10.11.2024


22 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Ashok Bhushan (DoB. 05.07.1956)

Term of Office: (DoA) 13.05.2016 to (DoR) 04.07.2021


23 Hon'ble Mr. Justice L. Nageswara Rao (DoB. 08.06.1957)

Term of Office: (DoA) 13.05.2016 to (DoR) 07.06.2022


24 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul


25 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Shantanagoudar Mohan Mallikarjunagouda


26 Hon'ble Mr. Justice S. Abdul Nazeer


27 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Navin Sinha


28 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Deepak Gupta (DoB) 07.05.1955

Term of Office : (DoA) 17.02.2017 to (DoR) 06.05.2020

2017/ Feb: 28 out of 31 judges in position

Dhananjay Mahapatra| In one single day, SC gets 5 judges Feb 18 2017 : The Times of India (Delhi)


For the first time in 27 years, on Friday , five new Supreme Court judges took oath in a single day , taking the working strength of the apex court to 28, just three short of the sanctioned 31.

Only once before have more SC judges taken oath on the same day , six on October 6, 1989.

The five judges -Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, M M Shantanagoudar, Abdul Nazeer, Navin Sinha and Deepak Gupta -were administered the oath by Chief Justice J S Khehar in the CJI's courtroom, packed with lawyers and relatives of the new appointees, among others.

The five judges were subsequently accommodated on benches in the first five courts, for which the list of business had already been prepared. This resulted in another record in the CJI's courtroom. For the first time, a four-judge bench comprising Justices Khehar, N V Ramana, D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul -heard the cases. Normally , an SC bench comprises two or an odd number of judges.

Every case listed before a bench generally has three sets of files. But with Justice Kaul's sudden addition to an existing three-judge bench, there was no set available for him. Thus, on his first day in office, Justice Kaul had no case file before him and yet he had one of the longest days in court -sitting from 11.15am till 4.15pm with less than an hour for lunch break. Justice Kaul had to share the case file with Justice Ramana.

Ending a nine-month drought in appointments of judges to the SC, the CJIheaded collegium had, on February 3 2017, recommended the five judges to the Centre.

As in January 2014

Hon'ble Mr. Justice R.M. Lodha (DoB.28.09.1949)

Term of Office: (DoA)17.12.2008 to (DoR)27.09.2014


Hon'ble Mr. Justice H.L. Dattu (DoB.03.12.1950)

Term of Office: (DoA)17.12.2008 to (DoR)02.12.2015


Hon'ble Dr. Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan (DoB.02.07.1949)

Term of Office: (DoA)11.05.2009 to (DoR)01.07.2014


Hon'ble Mr. Justice A.K. Patnaik (DoB.03.06.1949)

Term of Office: (DoA)17.11.2009 to (DoR)02.06.2014


Hon'ble Mr. Justice T.S. Thakur (DoB.04.01.1952)

Term of Office: (DoA)17.11.2009 to (DoR)03.01.2017


Hon'ble Mr. Justice K.S. Panicker Radhakrishnan (DoB.15.05.1949)

Term of Office: (DoA)17.11.2009 to (DoR)14.05.2014


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar (DoB.07.06.1949)

Term of Office: (DoA)17.11.2009 to (DoR)06.06.2014


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad (DoB.15.07.1949)

Term of Office: (DoA)08.02.2010 to (DoR)14.07.2014


Hon'ble Mr. Justice H.L. Gokhale (DoB.10.03.1949)

Term of Office: (DoA)30.04.2010 to (DoR)09.03.2014


Hon'ble Mrs. Justice Gyan Sudha Misra (DoB.28.04.1949)

Term of Office: (DoA)30.04.2010 to (DoR) 27.04.2014


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Anil R. Dave (DoB.19.11.1951)

Term of Office: (DoA)30.04.2010 to (DoR)18.11.2016


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya (DoB.15.03.1950)

Term of Office: (DoA) 13.09.2011 (F.N.) to (DoR)14.03.2015


Hon'ble Mrs. Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai (DoB.30.10.1949)

Term of Office: (DoA) 13.09.2011 (F.N.) to (DoR)29.10.2014


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar (DoB.28.08.1952)

Term of Office: (DoA) 13.09.2011 (F.N.) to (DoR)27.08.2017


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra (DoB.03.10.1953)

Term of Office: (DoA) 10.10.2011 to (DoR) 02.10.2018


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Jasti Chelameswar (DoB.23.06.1953)

Term of Office: (DoA) 10.10.2011 (F.N.) to (DoR) 22.06.2018


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla (DoB.23.07.1951)

Term of Office: (DoA) 02.04.2012 (F.N.) to (DoR) 22.07.2016


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Ranjan Gogoi (DoB.18.11.1954)

Term of Office: (DoA) 23.04.2012 (F.N.) to (DoR) 17.11.2019


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Madan Bhimarao Lokur (DoB.31.12.1953)

Term of Office: (DoA) 04.06.2012 (F.N.) to (DoR) 30.12.2018


Hon'ble Mr. Justice M.Y. Eqbal (DoB.13.02.1951)

Term of Office: (DoA) 24.12.2012 (F.N.) to (DoR) 12.02.2016


Hon'ble Mr. Justice V. Gopala gowda (DoB.06.10.1951)

Term of Office: (DoA) 24.12.2012 (F.N.) to (DoR) 05.10.2016


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Vikramajit Sen (DoB.31.12.1950)

Term of Office: (DoA) 24.12.2012 (F.N.) to (DoR) 30.12.2015


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose (DoB.28.05.1952)

Term of Office: (DoA) 08.03.2013 (F.N.) to (DoR) 27.05.2017


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Kurian Joseph (DoB.30.11.1953)

Term of Office: (DoA) 08.03.2013 (F.N.) to (DoR) 29.11.2018


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri (DoB.07.03.1954)

Term of Office: (DoA) 12.04.2013 (F.N.) to (DoR) 06.03.2019


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde (DoB.24.04.1956)

Term of Office: (DoA) 12.04.2013 (F.N.) to (DoR) 23.04.2021


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Shiva Kirti Singh (DoB.13.11.1951)

Term of Office: (DoA) 19.09.2013 (F.N.) to (DoR) 12.11.2016


Hon'ble Mr. Justice Chockalingam Nagappan (DoB.04.10.1951)

Term of Office: (DoA) 19.09.2013 (F.N.) to (DoR) 03.10.2016

Muslim judges in the Supreme Court

2016

The Indian Express, September 6, 2016

Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, elevated respectively in December and April in 2012, retired in 2016.

Since the retirement of two Muslim judges in 2016, the Supreme Court has been functioning without a judge from the community. This is the first time in 11 years, and only the second instance in nearly three decades, that the SC has been without a Muslim judge. The last time a Muslim was appointed to the SC bench was in 2012. Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, elevated respectively in December and April that year, retired this year — Eqbal on February 2 and Kalifulla on July 22. The wait for the next Muslim judge could be prolonged due to the ongoing tussle between the Supreme Court and the government over the procedure for appointment of judges. At present two high courts have Muslim chief justices — Bihar’s CJ Iqbal Ahmed Ansari, a resident of Assam, retires next October while Himachal’s CJ Mansoor Ahmad Mir, a resident of J&K, retires in April 2017.


A high court judge retires at 62, a Supreme Court judge at 65. The SC has a maximum strength of 31 judges and currently has 28. Four more judges will retire this year — Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice Chockalingam Nagappan in October, followed by Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice Anil R Dave in November.

Former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan expressed concern that the Supreme Court does not have a Muslim judge. “Hope it gets a Muslim judge soon,” he told The Indian Express. “It’s not a question of their rights being denied, it’s a question of proper representation of all religions, castes and regions at the apex court. In many countries, special provisions are made to ensure the proper representation of all regions, religions and communities at the national court.”

Of the 196 retired and 28 present justices and chief justices that have served in the Supreme Court, 17 or 7.5 per cent have been Muslims. Of these, four rose to become CJI — M Hidayatullah, M Hameedullah Beg, A M Ahmadi and Altamas Kabir. The first woman judge of the Supreme Court was a Muslim: Justice M Fathima Beevi, who served from October 6, 1989, to April 29, 1992.

The last time when the Supreme Court did not have a Muslim judge stretched to nearly 2½ years, from April 2003 to September 2005, the longest such stretch and the only one since December 1988. After Justice S S M Quadri retired on April 4, 2003, Justice Altamas Kabir was appointed on September 9, 2005.

This is in contrast to a four-month period from December 2012 to April 2013, when the apex court had as many as four Muslim Judges: CJI Altamas Kabir, Justice Aftab Alam, Justice Eqbal and Justice Kalifulla.

See also

Supreme Court: India (mainly SC's rulings)

Supreme Court, India: Administrative issues

Supreme Court: India: Chief Justices

Supreme Court: India: Sitting judges

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