Four SC judges take oath of office, strength reaches 34

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The Supreme Court will be hearing the Centre's appeal regarding the execution of the Nirbhaya convicts on February 7. Photo: PTI

Four new Supreme Court judges took oath of office on Monday (September 23), taking the total strength of judges in the apex court to 34.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi administered oath of office and secrecy to justices Krishna Murari, S Ravindra Bhat, V Ramasubramanian and Hrishikesh Roy in a simple function in courtroom one.

The family members of the of some of the judges were also present during the oath ceremony.

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The Supreme Court Collegium of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Rohinton F Nariman had last month approved the four names for elevation to the top court.

The Centre had on Wednesday cleared the names of the four high court chief justices, who were recommended by the apex court Collegium on August 30 for elevation as apex court judges.

Justice Murari and Justice Ramasubramanian had taken over as CJ of Punjab and Haryana High Court and Himachal Pradesh High Court, respectively, in June while Justice Bhat has been functioning as Rajasthan CJ Since May this year. Justice Roy has been the CJI of Kerala High Court for a year.

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