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SC has got four new judges namely, Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and the former additional solicitor General L Nageswara Rao, on Friday.
Justice Khanwikar was earlier the chief justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court at Jabalpur while Justice Chandrachud, who is also the son of former Chief Justice of India, YV Chandrachud, was the chief justice of Allahabad High Court.
YV Chandrachud served from February 22, 1978 to July 11, 1985.
Justice Bhushan was Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court.
L. Nageshwara Rao, who hails from Andhra Pradesh served as additional solicitor general from August 2003 till he resigned in 2004 and then from August 2013 to May 2014 and from June 7 to December 15, 2014. He had appeared for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa in a case of disproportionate assets in the apex court.
Justice Amitava Roy was the last judge to be sworn in on February 27, 2015 before the entire appointment process was put on hold on account of challenge to National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act and the constitutional amendment paving way for NJAC that was enacted to replace the collegiums system of appointing judges.
With swearing of the Justice Khanwikar and Justice Chandrachud, the number of Judges from state has gone up to five.
Also, with all these judges swearing, the strength of apex court has increased up to 29 with two slots still vacant.