The five-member Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana is understood to have ended the nearly-two-year-long backup by proposing 9 names for appointment as judges in the apex court.
Justice R F Nariman's retirement on August 12, the strength of judges in the Supreme court had come down to 25 as against the authorized strength of 34, including the CJI.
Significantly, no engagement has been made after the allowance of the then CJI Ranjan Gogoi on March 19, 2019.
The sources familiar with the development said that the collegium, which also includes Justices U U Lalit, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao, has recommended names of three female judges which also includes Justice B V Nagarathna from the Karnataka High Court who could become the first woman CJI.
Apart from Justice Nagarathna , two other female judges that were selected for the appointment are the Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Bela Trivedi from Telangana HC and Gujarat HC, respectively.
The five-member collegium have also pick out senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha for direct appointment from the Bar.
According to the sources, the other names recommended by the collegium were Justices Abhay Shreeniwas Oka (Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court), Vikram Nath (Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court), Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari (Sikkim HC Chief Justice), C T Ravi Kumar (a judge in Kerala HC) and M M Sundersh (a judge in Kerala HC).
The name proposed, if accepted, will fill all the present vacancies taking the working strength to 33.