History repeats as Supreme Court of India to witness all-women bench on September 5

History repeats as Supreme Court of India to witness all-women bench on September 5

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court of India will repeat history this week as an all-women bench comprising Justices R Banumathi and Indira Banerjee will hold court on September 5.nnThe apex court had seen a women alone bench for the first time in 2013 when Justices Gyan Sudha Misra and Ranjana Prakash Desai sat together for hearing a case.nnWith the swearing-in of Justice Banerjee in August, the Supreme Court for the first time in its history has three sitting women judges. She is the eighth woman judge in the apex court since Independence.nnAmong the three sitting women judges, Justice Banumathi is the senior-most and was elevated to the apex court on August 13, 2014.nnJustice Fathima Beevi was the first ever woman judge in the top court. Her appointment was followed by those of Justices Sujatha Manohar, Ruma Pal, Gyan Sudha Misra, Ranjana Prakash Desai, R Banumathi, Indu Malhotra and the latest addition to the lot, Indira Banerjee.nnOut of these, Justices Beevi, Manohar and Pal served their entire tenure in the Supreme Court as sole women judges.nnIt was only in 2011 with the elevation of Justice Desai that the Supreme Court witnessed two sitting women judges.nnJustice Beevi was appointed in 1989, 39 years after the Supreme Court was set up in 1950. She was elevated to the apex court after her retirement as a judge of the Kerala High Court.nnJustice Manohar started her career as a judge of the Bombay High Court and rose to become the chief justice of Kerala High Court. She was elevated to the apex court where she remained from November 8, 1994 till August 27, 1999.nnJustice Pal followed Justice Manohar after a gap of almost five months and became the longest-serving woman judge i.e. from January 28, 2000 to June 2, 2006.nnAfter her retirement, it took four years to appoint the next woman judge in the top court. Justice Misra was elevated to the Supreme Court from the Jharkhand High Court where she was the chief justice. Her tenure in the apex court was from April 30, 2010 to April 27, 2014.nnDuring her stint, she was joined by Justice Desai, who served in the apex court between September 13, 2011 and October 29, 2014.nnAfter the retirement of Justice Desai on October 29, 2014, Justice Banumathi was the lone woman judge in the apex court till the appointment of Justice Malhotra on April 27 this year.nnJustice Banumathi will retire on July 19, 2020.nnSource: Press Trust of India

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