In its history of 68 years, SC gets 8th woman judge

New Delhi: The law ministry on Friday cleared the appointment of Justice Indira Banerjee, 60, the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court as a Supreme Court judge, thereby making her the 8th woman judge in the history of Indian judiciary to attain the title.

This is also the first time that the number of women judges has risen to all-time high in apex court as the elevation of Madras high court chief justice Indira Banerjee has shot up the number to three.

An alumnus of Kolkata’s Presidency College, she was appointed as a high court judge in 2002 and had been elevated as a chief justice of the Madras High Court only last year.

Her name was recommended by the Supreme Court collegium only a fortnight back.

Justice Indu Malhotra recently became the first woman judge to be directly appointed to the top court from the Bar. R Bhanumati is the other current SC judge.

Justice Banerjee (60) becomes the eight-woman judge to be elevated to the top court, after Fathima Beevi, Sujata V Manohar, Ruma Pal, Gyan Sudha Misra, Ranjana Prakash Desai, R Banumathi and Indu Malhotra.

Born on 24 September 1957, Justice Banerjee did her schooling at the Loreto House in Kolkata. She pursued her higher education at the Presidency College, Kolkata and Calcutta University’s College of Law.

She enrolled as an advocate in 1985 and practised at the Calcutta High Court. Banerjee assumed charge as the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court on April 5, 2017.She succeeded Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, who was then elevated to the top court.