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The Supreme Court of India gets two new Judges



The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, Justice DY Chandrachud has administered the Oath of Office to the newly appointed Judges, Justice Ujjal Bhuyan, and Justice S Venkatnarayan Bhatti as new Judges in the Supreme Court India, today. The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Auditorium of the Supreme Court, where the Chief Justice of India administered the oath of office.

The names of the two judges were cleared by the Supreme Court of India. Prior to their appointments in the latest position, Justice Ujjal Bhuyan was the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court, and Justice Bhatti was the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court. Their appointments were being announced by the Minister of Law and Justice, Arjun Ram Meghwal at the latest in this week. Finally on behalf of the collegium of the Supreme Court, headed by the Chief Justice of India, who had recommended their final appointment as Judges to India’s highest court of appeal.

About Justice Ujjal Bhuyan

Justice Ujjal Bhuyan was appointed as a Judge at the Guwahati High Court, Assam on October 17th, 2011, and was also the senior-most judge in the Guwahati High Court. Since, 28th October 2022 he was serving as the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court, at the latest. During the tenure of his legal career, especially as Judge of the Guwahati High Court, Justice Ujjal Bhuyan acquired significant experience in dealing with cases relating to diverse fields of law. Also, he has been regarded as a Judicial Executive with high regard for his reputation, integrity, and competence. His knowledge and areas of specialization are mostly in the areas of Taxation Law and at the same time he also served as a Judge at the Bombay High Court dealing with a wide range of cases, most of those being Taxation.


Justice Bhuyan will be holding his office till the time period of 2nd August 2029.


About Justice Venkatnarayan Bhatti

Justice Venkatnarayan Bhatti was a judge at the Andhra Pradesh High Court, appointed on 12th April 2013. He was the Senior-most Judge in the Andhra Pradesh High Court which was his Parent-Court of Legal Practice. The collegium resolution noted whereby it stated that the High Court of Andhra Pradesh did not have any representation at the Supreme Court of India since August 2022.

Justice Venkatnarayan Bhatti was transferred to the High Court of Kerala in March 2019 where he was discharging his duties as the Chief Justice since 1st June 2023. During his long tenure as a Judge at the High Court of Andhra Pradesh and as Chief Justice of the High Court of Kerala, where Justice Bhatti acquired considerable experience in dealing with various branches of law. The judgments delivered by Justice Venkatnarayan Bhatti are mostly centred around issues dealing with various aspects of law, which stands as testimony to his legal acumen and competence. Apart from his representation at the High Court of the State of Andhra Pradesh, the appointment of Justice Venkatnarayan Bhatti will be providing a value addition in terms of the legal knowledge he has acquired through the experience of his legal practice.


However, after following the swearing-in of Justices Ujjal Bhuyan and Venkatnarayan Bhatti, the working strength of the Judges in the Supreme Court of India which is the Apex Court has risen to 32 against the sanctioned strength of the 34 judges, as it has been noted by the Chief Justice of India.


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