Indu Malhotra,the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed as SC judge

Senior advocate Indu Malhotra was sworn in as a Supreme Court judge on Friday, 27 April, by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. This makes her the first woman lawyer to be directly elevated to the position of an apex court judge.

Earlier this year, the collegium had recommended the names of Malhotra and Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph for elevation to the top court. While Malhotra’s name was cleared, sources in the Law Ministry told PTI that the recommendation of Justice Joseph has been kept on hold by the government.

The Supreme Court rebuked lawyers who wanted a stay on the warrant of appointment of Indu Malhotra as judge of apex court. CJI Dipak Misra said it was "unthinkable, unimaginable, inconceivable" to stay the Presidential warrant for appointment of Indu Malhotra as the top court judge.

Currently, Justice R Banumathi is the only woman judge in the Supreme Court.

The top court has had only six women judges since its inception — the first being Justice Fathima Beevi in 1989. Indu Malhotra will now become the seventh woman to occupy the post.

Notably, Malhotra was also the second woman to be given the designation of senior advocate by the apex court, with late Justice Leila Seth being the first.

According to a PTI report, the Supreme Court collegium’s file, recommending the elevation of Justice Joseph and Malhotra, reached the Law Ministry on 22 January.