President for woman judge in SC, Govt favours proposal

Last Updated: Friday, December 25, 2009 - 18:35

New Delhi: Government is mulling
appointing a woman judge to the Supreme Court after President
Pratibha Patil made a suggestion in this regard to the Law
Ministry.

A Rashtrapati Bhavan Source said the President has
asked the Ministry to explore the possibility of elevating at
least one woman judge to the Supreme Court as there has not
been a appointment of single woman judge after the retirement
of Justice Ruma Pal in June 2006.

Law Minister M Veerapa Moily said he also favoured the
appointment of woman judge to the Supreme Court.

"Everybody wants that. I am not in disagreement," he
said when asked about the President`s proposal.

Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra
is the senior-most among the woman judges in High Courts who
can be considered for elevation to the apex court.

Others in seniority after Justice Mishra are Rekha
Doshit of the Gujarat High Court, Justice Ranjana P Dessai of
the Bombay High Court and Justice T Meena Kumari of the Andhra
Pradesh High Court.

Justice M Fatima Beevi was the first woman judge in
the Supreme Court followed by Justices Sujata Manohar and Ruma
Pal.

Against the sanctioned strength of 31, the Supreme
Court has 27 judges.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 25, 2009 - 18:35

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