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New Delhi: Justice Ujjal Bhuyan and Justice SV Bhatti took oath as judges of the Supreme Court on Friday.
Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud administered the oath to the Justices Bhuyan and Bhatti. In exercise of the powers conferred by the Constitution of India, the President, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, is pleased to appoint Justices Ujjal Bhuyan and SV Bhatti Chief as Judges of the Supreme Court of India, the notification issued on Wednesday said.
The Supreme Court Collegium last week recommended the appointment of Justice Ujjal Bhuyan, Chief Justice of Telangana High Court, and Justice S Venkatanarayana Bhatti, Chief Justice of Kerala High Court, as judges of the top court.
The Collegium in its resolution said that it resolves to recommend the appointments of Justice Ujjal Bhuyan, and Justice S Venkatanarayana Bhatti by following the order of seniority.
Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Sanjiv Khanna, B R Gavai and Surya Kant took the decision in a Collegium meeting held on July 5, 2023.
In the resolution, the Collegium said that after carefully evaluating the merit, integrity and competence of eligible Chief Justices and senior puisne Judges of the High Courts and also accommodating a plurality of considerations, the Collegium finds the two persons to be deserving and suitable in all respects for being appointed as Judges of the Supreme Court of India.
Justice Ujjal Bhuyan was appointed as a judge of the Gauhati High Court on 17 October 2011. He is the senior-most judge of his parent High Court and was serving as Chief Justice of the High Court for the State of Telangana since June 28, 2022.
Justice S Venkatanarayana Bhatti was appointed as a Judge of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh on April 12, 2013 and is the senior-most in his parent High Court. At present, he was serving as Chief Justice of the High Court of Kerala.
With their appointments, the Supreme Court will have a strength of 32 judges out of the sanctioned strength of 34 judges.
At the Supreme Court, Justice Bhuyan will have a term till August 2, 2029 and Justice Bhatti till May 6, 2027. (ANI)