Supreme Court gets five more judges

Chief Justice Nathan Hecht

Justice Kaul, who was among five new judges appointed to the Supreme Court yesterday, was speaking at a farewell function at the High Court.

Shantanagoudar, S. Abdul Nazeer and Navin Sinha-chief justices of the high courts of Madras, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Karnataka and Rajasthan, respectively-will be sworn in on Friday.

"The closure of the temple shakes the faith of the common man", said Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, who has been elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court. But the Centre refused to clear the transfer.

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The SC collegium did not press the issue of the pending transfers of Justices MR Shah and KM Joseph with the Modi government, culminating in the elevation of five judges to the top court. Their names had been recommended by the Supreme Court collegium in January. "We can't hold up the entire process for this". The oath taking ceremony was administered by CJI JS Khehar.

In the Perumal Murugan judgement, this is what the bench headed by Justice Kaul had said, "It is a matter of concern that as an evolving society, our tolerance level seems to be on the decline".

Sources said the government had in August sent back to the collegium the file related to the MoP for reconsidering the two contentious clauses, but Justice Thakur did not bring it for discussion before the panel till November 15. Chief Justice of India Khehar, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Prafulla Chandra Pant are due to retire later this year.

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