Central government clears appointment of Justices Ujjal Bhuyan and SV Bhatti as Supreme Court judges

The appointment of Justices Ujjal Bhuyan and Justice SV Bhatti as judges of the Supreme Court has been cleared by the Central government on Wednesday.

The tweet on the same was done by the Minister of State for Law and Justice, Arjun Ram Meghwal/

The tweet read that in exercise of the powers conferred by the Constitution of India, the Hon’ble President, after consultation with the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, is pleased to appoint the following 02 Chief Justices of High Courts as Judges of the Supreme Court of India - Justice Ujjal Bhuyan and Justice SV Bhatti

The Supreme Court Collegium had recommended their elevation to the top court on July 5.

Justice Bhuyan is currently serving as the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court while Justice Bhatti is the Chief Justice of Kerala High Court.

The parent High Court of Justice Bhuyan is the Gauhati High Court.

He was appointed as a judge of the Gauhati High Court on October 17, 2011. He is the senior-most judge of his parent High Court and has been serving as Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court since June 28, 2022.

Justice Bhatti was appointed as a judge of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh on April 12, 2013 and is the senior-most in his parent High Court.

He was transferred to the Kerala High Court in March 2019 and is presently serving as Chief Justice there since June 1, 2023.

The Collegium resolution noted that the Andhra Pradesh High Court does not have any representation in the Supreme Court since August 2022.

The Supreme Court is currently functioning with a strength of 30 judges as against a sanctioned strength of 34.

With the appointment of two new judges, the strength of the apex court will rise to 32.