New Delhi, May 24: Four new judges were sworn in as Supreme Court justices on Friday, thus taking the total to the court's full strength of 31 for the first time in five years. According to a tweet by ANI, Justices Aniruddha Bose, AS Bopanna, Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai and Surya Kant have been elevated to the top court. The four judges administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi. Modi Government Asks Supreme Court Collegium to 'Re-Think' on Elevation of Two Judges
According to details by Live Law, the centre had notified the appointments of these judges on Wednesday. On May 8, the SC collegium had recommended the elevation of Justice Gavai from Bombay High Court (Nagpur Bench) and Surya Kant, who is the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court. Justices BR Gavai, Surya Kant Recommended For Elevation by Supreme Court Collegium.
Reports inform hat the decision to appoint the four new judges comes after the top Court collegium overruled the centre's objections to Justice Aniruddha Bose of Jharkhand High Court and Justice AS Bopanna of the Gauhati High Court. Citing concerns over seniority, the collegium's recommendation for the two judges was returned by the centre, a report by NDTV stated. However, the collegium had sent in its recommendation on April 12, a day after the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 began.