New CJI named; SC gets fourth woman judge

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New CJI named; SC gets fourth woman judge
New Delhi, Apr 30: Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia has been appointed the Chief Justice of India (CJI). Besides the appointment of the new CJI, the Supreme Court on Friday, Apr 30 got its fourth woman judge.

Kapadia, who is the senior most judge of the Supreme Court, was appointed CJI on Friday, Apr 30. The 62-year-old judge will be taking over from incumbent Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan on May 12.

Earlier in Apr 2010, Justice Balakrishnan had recommended the name of Justice Kapadia to succeed him as the CJI.

Justice Kapadia was born on Sep 29, 1947. He enrolled as an advocate in 1974 and was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Bombay High Court in 1991. He was later elevated as a Permanent Judge in the same court in 1993.

Former Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice, Gyan Sudha Mishra, who is the fourth woman judge in the SC, is also the first woman to be appointed to the apex court after four years.

61-year-old Mishra will oath as a Supreme Court Justice on Friday, Apr 30. Mishra, who enrolled as an advocate in Bihar in 1972, was appointed the judge of the Patna High Court in 1994.

She was later transferred to the Rajasthan High Court, where she served for 14 years, after which she was elevated to the post of Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court in Ranchi in 2008.

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