Chief Justice of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana read out the oath of allegiance to the Constitution to nine new judges of the Supreme Court.
With the swearing-in of the nine new judges, the strength of the Supreme Court has risen to 33, including the CJI, out of the sanctioned strength of 34.
The occasion was historic on several fronts.
It was the first time as many as nine judges were sworn in to the Supreme Court in a single stroke.
Three of them are women judges. One of them, Justice B.V. Nagarathna, is slated to be CJI in 2027.
With the new appointments, the number of women judges in the Supreme Court has gone up to four from the existing one, Justice Indira Banerjee. This is the highest number of women judges ever in the Supreme Court.
It was also the first time the court allowed a live telecast of the ceremony.
The apex court Collegium had on August 17 recommended these nine names for appointment as judges of the top court. Later, the President had signed the warrants of their appointment as apex court judges.