SC gets woman judge after four yrs

After 4 yrs, the SC had a woman judge with Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra, CJ of Jharkhand HC, being sworn in.

Updated: Apr 30, 2010, 20:33 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday got three new judges, including a woman - Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice Syan Sudha Misra, who described herself as a representative of Indian women.

The others elevated to the apex court by President Pratibha Patil were Madras High Court Chief Justice Hemant Laxman Gokhale and Bombay High Court Chief Justice Anil Ramesh Dave.
Family members of the newly sworn-in judges, advocates
and other members of the legal fraternity were also present at
the swearing-in ceremony.

They will be the judges of the Supreme Court from the dates they assume charge, said a statement from the ministry of law and justice.

With the three new judges assuming office, the total
strength of the apex court goes up to 30 as against a
sanctioned strength of 31.

Speaking to journalists after the swearing in, 61-year-old Justice Misra said she was happy to become a judge of the country`s top court.

She said she was a representative of Indian women and thanked the apex court collegium for reposing faith in her.

Justice Misra is the first Supreme Court woman judge since Justice Ruma Pal retired in June 2006. Mishra, who will have a four-year tenure, will be the
fourth woman judge in the history of the apex court since its
inception in 1959.

Justice Fathima Beevi, who was recently awarded Sthree
Vakil Puraskar, was the first woman of the Supreme Court, from Oct 10, 1989, to April 29, 1992. Two years later, Justice Sujata Manohar became an apex court judge Nov 8, 1994. She retired Aug 27, 1999.

Justice Ruma Pal was the third woman Supreme Court judge, from Jan 28, 2000, to June 6, 2006.

Currently, the Delhi High Court has the highest
representation of women in the judiciary, with 8 women judges,
while the Bombay High Court comes a close second with 7 women

Mishra was initially appointed as judge of the Patna
High Court in March 1994, but was transferred to the Rajasthan
High Court.

After 14 years there, she was elevated to the post of
Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court in Ranchi in July

Mishra enrolled as an advocate in the Bihar State Bar
Council in November 1972 at a time when women entering the
legal profession was a rarity. She was appointed a government
advocate for Bihar in 1982.

-Agencies inputs