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SC Collegium gets its first woman judge after a decade

By IndianMandarins- 18 Nov 2019
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After the retirement of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice R Banumathi will be inducted into the Supreme Court collegium. Justice Banumathi has been in the news recently for dealing with P Chidambaram’s bail plea. She will be the first woman judge after more than 13 years to be part of the collegiums as Ruma Pal was the last woman member of the collegium.

SA Bobde will be sworn in as new chief justice of India on November 18 succeeding Gogoi. Justice Banumathi’s induction too will also take place on the same day. As part of the collegium, she will have her say in all appointments to the top courts, which has only had eight woman judges since Independence.

Justice Banumathi is the first woman judge from Tamil Nadu and was chief justice of the Jharkhand High Court. As a Madras High Court judge, she had banned jallikattu sport that had been challenged by animal rights activists as being “cruel.”

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