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Govt clears 4 judges for elevation; SC to be at full strength in years

The top court will have its full sanctioned strength of 31 judges once the appointments come through formally.

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The is learnt to have cleared the names of four judges for their elevation to the Supreme Court, sources said Wednesday.

Once the appointments formally come through, the top court will have its full sanctioned strength of 31 judges (including the chief justice). As of now, the apex court is functioning with 27 judges.

The four names cleared by the are justices Aniruddha Bose, A S Bopanna, B R and Surya Kant.

The names of justices Bose and were earlier returned by the to the SC collegium citing seniority and representation of regions as the reasons.

But in its resolution passed earlier this month, the collegium had reiterated its recommendation to elevate justices Bose and to the apex court, observing that nothing adverse has been found regarding their competence, conduct or integrity.

The collegium had also recommended the names of justices B R and Surya Kant for elevation to the apex court.

The five-member Collegium is headed by

Sources aware of the development said the notification is expected either this evening or on Thursday morning once the signs their warrant of appointment.

Justice Bose, whose parent high court is Calcutta, is the of and is at number 12 in all-seniority of judges.

Justice Bopanna, whose parent high court is Karnataka, is the and stands at number 36.

Justice is a of the and Justice Kant is the of the

First Published: Wed, May 22 2019. 15:41 IST