Apex Court Gets 2 New Judges
Taking the present strength of judges in the Supreme Court to 31, two new judges took oath on a day when the court also preferred to give six months time to the government to see the progress made by it on the issue of fulfilling vacancies in the higher judiciary before entertaining any petition.
Justice Agarwal and Justice Ramana, Chief Justices of Madras High Court and Delhi High Court respectively, were elevated to the apex court and were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam.
Justice Agrawal, 60, was the Central Government’s Senior Standing Counsel and was appointed the permanent judge of the Allahabad High Court on February 5, 1999. He was appointed the Acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court on February 7 last year and was made the Chief Justice on November 23, 2013.
Justice Ramana, 56, hails from Andhra Pradesh’s Ponnavaram village and has served as the acting Chief Justice at the Andhra Pradesh High Court from March 10 to May 20 last year. He was elevated as the Delhi High Court Chief Justice on September 2, 2013.