Indu Malhotra: First woman lawyer to sworn in as Supreme Court judge
Senior Advocate Indu Malhotra was sworn in as Judge of Supreme Court of India. She was administered oath to the office by Chief Justice (CJI) Dipak Misra. With this, she became first woman Judge to be elevated directly from the Bar. Her appointment raises total tally of SC judges to 25 from sanctioned strengthened of 31 (including CJI).
Overall, she will be seventh woman judge in SC, since it was established 67 years ago. In 1989, Justice M. Fathima Beevi became first woman judge in Supreme Court.
Indu Malhotra is reputed senior advocate practising in SC for the past 30 years. She was born in 1956 in Bengaluru, Karnataka to noted advocate Om Prakash Malhotra. She joined the legal profession in 1983 and later secured first position in Advocate-on-Record exam for Supreme Court. She has specialised in law of arbitration and has appeared in various domestic and international commercial arbitrations. She has authored Commentary on the Law and Practice of Arbitration in India (2014).
In 2007, she became second woman to be designated as senior advocate by SC only after legendary Justice Leila Seth, who was given honour in 1977. She is on board of trustees in SaveLIFE Foundation and represented NGO in case which resulted in SC passing a slew of laws to protect good Samaritans, who save lives in road accidents.