Supreme Court refuses to stay warrant on appointment of Indu Malhotra

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court sternly rebukes lawyers who wanted stay on the warrant of appointment of Senior Advocate Indu Malhotra as Supreme Court Judge.

The Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Deepak Mishra termed Indira Jaising plea as “unimaginable”, “unconscionable” and “never heard of” which demanded a stay on the appointment of Indu Malhotra.

Earlier over 100 SC lawyers moved plea seeking that Uttarakhand HC CJ K M Joseph and Malhotra be simultaneously be made apex court judges.

Jaisingh clarified that they were for Malhotra’s elevation but were only concerned about the govt segregating files of Malhotra & Uttarakhand Chief Justice Kurian Joseph whose names were recommended together by the Collegium for elevation on January 10. “We are worried about the independence of judiciary” added Jaisingh.

“No question of staying the warrant. File the petition we will see it in due course,” the bench told Jaisingh.

The ministry of law and justice today notified the appointment of Senior Advocate Indu Malhotra as the Judge of the Supreme Court.

Indu Malhotra is the first woman to be elevated directly from the Bar to the Supreme Court and only the seventh woman judge Supreme Court has ever had.

Malhotra will also be the second woman sitting judge along with justice R Banumathi in the Supreme Court.



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