Amid a row over their elevation, Justice Khanna and Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari were sworn in as Supreme Court judges on Friday as recommended by the apex court’s collegium.
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi administered the oath of office to the two judges on Friday. This takes the number of sitting judges of the Supreme Court to 28, falling 3 short of the sanctioned strength of 31. With the Centre having received the collegium’s recommendations on 10 January, it cleared their names within 6 days.
The collegium’s recommendation for their elevation created controversy as Justice Khanna was 33rd in seniority of high court judges on an all-India basis and his elevation would amount to supersession of 32 other judges.
Their names had been recommended by a collegium comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices A. K. Sikri, S. A. Bobde, N. V. Ramana and Arun Mishra.
Justice Khanna, who termed his elevation a “surprise” for him, said: “My elevation to the High Court in 2004 was after a long gap of my name going up and down. But I do not have any regrets or feeling about it. I think I joined the bench at the right time.”