New Delhi, August 4: With Madras high court chief justice Indira Banerjee’s elevation as Supreme Court judge, the number of women judges has risen to an all-time high of three. The top court has never had three women judges since its inception in 1950.
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.
She is also the second woman to head Madras high court, after Justice Kanta Kumari Bhatnagar.
Her name was recommended by collegium of July 16 and was accepted by the Central government within a fortnight. (Agencies)