On July 14th, in the city of New Delhi.
The Chief Justice of India, DY Chandrachud, on Friday swore in Justice Ujjal Bhuyan and Justice S Venkatanarayana Bhatti as judges. The ceremony was short and attended by other judges and lawyers.
On Wednesday, the government announced that Ujjal Bhuyan and S Venkatanarayana Bhatti will become judges in the Supreme Court. This decision came after the Chief Justice and four other judges recommended their names for promotion.
With these two new appointments, the number of judges in the top court has increased to 32 out of a total of 34 judges, including the Chief Justice.
The Supreme Court used to have 34 judges, but now they only have 30 because four judges retired.
Justice Bhuyan’s parent high court is the Gauhati High Court, and Justice Bhatti’s parent high court is the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
Justice Bhuyan was chosen to be a judge at the Gauhati High Court on October 17, 2011. He is the oldest judge in his parent High Court and has been the top judge of the High Court for the state of Telangana since June 28, 2022. He was also a judge in the Bombay High Court and handled many different types of cases, including taxation.
Justice Bhatti was chosen to be a judge in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh on April 12, 2013. He is the most experienced judge in his original High Court. Since August 2022, the High Court of Andhra Pradesh does not have any judges serving on the Supreme Court. He moved to the High Court of Kerala in March 2019 and has been serving as Chief Justice there since June 1, 2023.