Justice Indira Banerjee
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Outgoing senior woman judge of the Supreme Court Justice Indira Banerjee on Friday expressed hope that more women would be appointed as judges of the apex judiciary in the coming days. Justice Indira Banerjee, the fifth senior-most judge in the apex court, will step down after serving for more than four years. Besides her, the other women judges in the apex court are Justices Hima Kohli, BV Nagarathna and Bela M Trivedi.
She was the eighth woman judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court
Justice Banerjee was the eighth woman judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court and now with her retirement, the apex court will have three women judges. The Supreme Court, which came into existence on January 26, 1950, has seen only 11 women judges since its inception and very rarely in the last 72 years. It started in 1989 with Justice M Fatima Biwi. Justices Sujata V Manohar, Ruma Pal, Gyan Sudha Mishra, Ranjana P Desai, R Banumathi and Indu Malhotra were among the other women judges.
On the last working day, Justice Banerjee shared the ceremonial bench with Chief Justice of India U U Lalit, who praised his contribution to the judiciary in his two-decade-long career. He said that we all will miss our sister Justice Banerjee. He has given everything in his judicial career of twenty years. He has all the qualities that a judge should have. We will all miss her on the bench and she will surely be in our hearts forever. So, good luck sister! Best wishes to you all!
Was elevated to the apex court on August 7, 2018
On August 7, 2018, Justice Banerjee was elevated to the apex court from the Madras High Court, where she was the Chief Justice. She recalled her first day in the apex court saying that it looked like the rest of the days when she was sharing the bench with Justice (Retd) Dipak Misra on August 7, 2018. I accept the help that I have received. If I gave judgments, it was possible with their (lawyers’) help, the Supreme Court bar is very strong, independent and intelligent.
I hope there will be more women in future, hope there will be cooperation for the weak and in a short time there will be equality and justice will be done. Thank you all. With the retirement of Justice Banerjee, the number of serving judges in the apex court will come down to 29, as against the sanctioned strength of 34, including the CJI. Attorney General KK Venugopal, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, SCBA President and Senior Advocate Vikas Singh wished Justice Banerjee on her last day in office.