New Delhi, May 9: The Supreme Court's Collegium, comprising five senior most judges, recommended the names of Justices Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai and Surya Kant, for elevation to the Supreme Court, as judges.
With a sanctioned strength of 31 judges in the Supreme Court, now with the elevation of two judges - Justices Gavai and Kant -- the Judges’ strength has risen to 29.
Collegium comprised of five judges of Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi recommended the name of Chief Justice of HP High Court Justice Surya Kant as a judge for the apex court in notification released today.
Headed by Chief Justice (CJI) Rajan Gogoi, the Collegium, also comprising Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, Arun Mishra and RF Nariman, resolved to recommend the appointments of Justices Gaval and Kant.
Recommending the name of Justice Kant for Judge of the apex court, the Collegium observed in its order that he was appointed as the Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court on January 9, 2004 and was elevated as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court on October 5, 2018.
He stands number 11 in the combined seniority of High Court judges, on an all India basis. In the seniority of Judges hailing from Punjab and Haryana, he stands at number 2 and already functioning as CJ of HP.