President Barack Obama has nominated veteran appeals court judge Merrick Garland (63) to be the next US Supreme Court Justice.
His nomination comes to vacancy in the US Supreme Court which was created after the death of SC Justice Antonin Scalia.
The Supreme Court vacancy follows the death of Antonin Scalia last month. This appointment now has to be ratified by the Senate.
Judge Garland is viewed as a centrist and moderate. He is highly regarded by the legal fraternity and lawmakers.
India-born Srikanth Srinivasan was also one of the contenders for the nomination. Currently he is serving as US Circuit Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.