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Indu Malhotra Appointment As Supreme Court Judge Cleared, Justice KM Joseph Delayed

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| April 26 , 2018 , 09:08 IST

The Law Ministry has approved the appointment of senior lawyer Indu Malhotra as a Judge of the Supreme Court, but delayed the appointment of Justice KM Joseph to the apex court, despite the Collegium submitting the request for both in February, media reported on Thursday.

Malhotra will now become the first woman lawyer to be appointed directly as a judge of the Supreme Court, and is expected to take oath for her new role as judge later this week. She was also the second woman lawyer to ever be appointed as a senior advocate by the Supreme Court.

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Currently, from the Supreme Court's total 24 judges, only one Justice R Banumathi is a woman. She had been elevated to the Supreme Court in August 2014, becoming the 6th woman judge of the Supreme Court after the first woman judge Fathima Beevi was appointed in 1989.

The Supreme Court collegium, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, had in February recommended the names of senior advocate Indu Malhotra and Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court Justice K M Joseph for appointment as judges of the apex court.

According to government sources, Justice Joseph's appointment was delayed as the law ministry felt that the Supreme Court Collegium did not go by seniority of judges while recommending KM Joseph as he is reportedly 45th in the All India seniority of judges. The law ministry reportedly felt that there were other Chief Justices of high courts entitled to be elevated to the Supreme Court ahead of KM Joseph.