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SC gets (mostly Bombay) reinforcements: DY Chandrachud (to follow father's CJI footsteps in 2022), Ashok Bhushan, AM Khanwilkar, L Nageswara Rao

Helping hands: Chandrachud, Khanwilkar, Bhushan (left to right) + L Nageswara Rao
Helping hands: Chandrachud, Khanwilkar, Bhushan (left to right) + L Nageswara Rao

Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and the former additional solicitor general L Nageswara Rao were sworn-in as judges of the Supreme Court on Friday.

With this the apex court's strength has increased to 29, with two slots still vacant.

AM Khanwilkar, born on 30 July 1957, was the chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh high court at Jabalpur. He began his career as an advocate in 1982 in the Bombay high court, followed by exclusively practising at the Supreme Court from 1984. He became an additional judge of the Bombay high court in 2000, and a permanent judge in 2002.

In 2013 he was appointed as chief justice of the Himachal Pradesh high court, followed by his 2013-appointment as chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh high court.

Ashok Bhushan, born on 5 July 1956, was chief justice of the Kerala high court who began his career at the Allahabad high court bar in 1979 until 2014, when he became a judge of the Kerala high court.

Justice L Nageswara Rao, born on 2 September 1956, hails from Andhra Pradesh and served as additional solicitor general from August 2003 till he resigned in 2004 and then from August 2013 to May 2014 and from 7 June to 15 December, 2014. He had appeared for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in a case of disproportionate assets in the apex court.

DY Chandrachud, former chief justice of the Allahabad high court, is the son of the former Chief Justice of India YV Chandrachud who served from 22 February, 1978 to 11 July, 1985.

He was born on 11 November 1959, meaning he would hit the retirement age of 65 on 10 November 2024 and will be Chief Justice of India (CJI) from 8 November 2022 after the very short term of Justice UU Lalit.

With the swearing in of Justice Khanwilkar and Justice Chandrachud - both from Maharashtra - the number of judges from the state has gone up to five.

The swearing in of the new justices took place after a gap of over a year.

Justice Amitava Roy was the last judge to be sworn in on 27 February, 2015 before the entire appointment process was put on hold on account of challenge to National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act and the constitutional amendment paving way for NJAC that was enacted to replace the collegium system of appointing judges.

The top court's constitution bench had struck down both the constitutional amendment and the NJAC on 16 October, 2015.

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