New Delhi: Days after the Chief Justice of India (CJI) TS Thakur made an emotional appeal to appoint more judges to resolve millions of pending cases across the country, the
Supreme Court is likely to get four new judges in the next couple of days.
As per reports, President Pranab Mukherjee is believed to cleared the names of three high court chief justices and a senior advocate for elevation to the apex court.
A media report quoting government sources said on Thursday that the file pertaining to the elevation of Justice AM Khanwilkar of Madhya Pradesh High Court, Justice DY Chandrachud of Allahabad High Court, Justice Ashok Bhushan of Kerala High Court and senior lawyer and former Additional Solicitor General L Nageshwar Rao to the Supreme Court has been cleared by President Pranab Mukherjee.
They are likely to take oath on May 13. However, a notification may be issued by the Law Ministry any time soon.
The Supreme Court Collegium had recommended their elevation earlier this month, the first since a new law on appointment of judges to higher judiciary was struck down by the top court.
These were the first set of recommendations made by the SC Collegium for appointment as judges of the apex court after the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act came into force on April 13 last.
The new law which sought to scrap the collegium system was struck down by a Supreme Court bench on October 16 last.
Addressing an event last month, CJI TS Thakur had made an emotional appeal for appointing more judges which will also confidence among foreign investors that the government is trying to attract.