Indu Malhotra: First woman lawyer to be directly promoted as Supreme Court judge

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Indu Malhotra will be the first woman lawyer to be directly recommended from the Bar to Supreme Court judgeship.
In 2007, she was only the second woman lawyer to be appointed as senior advocate by the Supreme Court, three decades after the first, Justice Leila Seth, was designated.

Indu Malhotra will be one of only seven women judges that the apex court has had so far since independence. At present, Justice R Banumathi is the lone woman judge in the apex court.

In 1989, Justice M Fathima Beevi became the first woman to be appointed as a judge of the apex court. Thereafter, Justice Sujata V Manohar, Justice Ruma Pal, Justice Gyan Sudha Misra and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai made it to the top court as judges.

About Malhotra

  • Indu is the daughter of noted lawyer Om Prakash Malhotra. She had enrolled as a lawyer in the Bar Council of Delhi in 1983.
  • In 1988, Malhotra qualified as an Advocate-on-Record (AoR) in the Supreme Court.
  •  She has also served as a member of the Centre-appointed High-Level Committee (HLC) in the Ministry of Law and Justice to review ‘Institutionalization of Arbitration Mechanism in India’.

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