Indu Malhotra becomes the first woman to take the oath as SC Judge

Indu Malhotra becomes the first woman to take the oath as SC Judge by Dipak Misra,Chief Justice of India .With Justice Malhotra joining the bench, the strength of the Supreme Court is now 25, against the sanctioned strength of 31, including the CJI.Justice Malhotra was administered the oath of office and secrecy in a ceremony held at court number 1 in the apex court.

Malhotra  was a senior counsel practising in the SC for the past 30 years.She was the second woman to be designated as Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in 2007. In December 2016 she has been made member of the High Level Committee (HLC) in the Ministry of Law and Justice by the Government of India to review Institutionalization of Arbitration Mechanism in India.

About Indu Malhotra 

Family

Indu Malhotra was born to late Shri Om Prakash Malhotra(Senior Advocate,SC) and late Satya Malhotra in 1956 at Bangalore.She is the youngest child in the family.

She did her schooling from Carmel Convent School, New Delhi. After she finished her schooling, she did her B.A. (Hons.) Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, and later did her Masters in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. After obtaining her Masters Degree, she worked briefly as a Lecturer in Political Science in Miranda House College and Vivekanand College, Delhi University. She did her Bachelor of Laws from the Faculty of Law, Delhi University during the period 1979 to 1982.

Entry to the Bar

Indu Malhotra joined the legal profession in 1983, and was enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi. In 1988, she qualified as an Advocate-on-Record in the Supreme Court, and secured the 1st position in the examination.She was appointed as the Standing Counsel for the State of Haryana in the Supreme Court from 1991 to 1996. She represented various statutory corporations like Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), before the Supreme Court.In 2007, she was designated as a Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court of India. She became the second woman to be designated by the Supreme Court after a gap of over 30 years.She has been appointed Amicus Curiae by different benches of the Supreme Court in some matters.

Some of the important cases in which she has appeared are :

  • India Oxygen Vs. Collector of Central Excise
  • Union of India Vs. Harjeet Singh Sandhu
  • SBP & Co. Vs. Patel Engineering Ltd.
  • Jaya Shah Vs. Bombay Stock Exchange
  • Pune Municipal Corporation & Another Vs. Harakchand Misirimal Solanki & Others and so on.