Karnataka HC’s Justice BV Nagarathna in line to become first woman Chief Justice of India

Justice BV Nagarathna is in line to become the first woman Chief Justice of India in 2027 after the Supreme court’s collegium led by CJI recommended her for elevation, media media reports on Wednesday suggest.

The top Court Collegium, which consisted of five senior-most judges has recommended names of nine judges, including three women, Justice Hima Kohli, Chief Justice of Telangana High Court, Justice B V Nagarathna of Karnataka High Court and Justice Bela Trivedi of the Gujarat High Court.

Justice Nagarathna would become the first woman Chief Justice of India in 2027, if her name is finally approved by the supreme court collegium.

Karnataka High Court chief justice Abhay Kumar Oka, Gujarat High Court chief justice Vikram Nath and Sikkim High Court chief justice J K Maheshwari are among the other recommendations.

The other judges recommended for elevation are Justice C T Ravikumar, Kerala High Court’s second senior-most judge, and Justice M M Sundaresh, Madras High Court’s third senior-most judge.

Former Additional Solicitor General and senior advocate P S Narsimha has also been recommended by the Bar.

At present, the Collegium comprises of Justices U U Lalit, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao.

If the Collegium recommendations are accepted, it would increase the strength of judges in the supreme court up to 33. With the retirement of Justice Navin Sinha, one vacancy would fall on Wednesday.

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