The names of senior advocates Gopal Subramaniam and Rohington Nariman have been proposed for the top post.

Subramaniam and Nariman have been designated senior advocates and held the honourable post of solicitor general in the UPA-II government.

The crucial decision was taken last week during a meeting of the Supreme Court collegium, which was chaired by the Chief Justice RM Lodha.

According to sources, the proposal has been sent to the Centre for its approval. After getting clearance from the Centre, the matter will go to President Pranab Mukherjee, who will take the final call on the appointment.

The decision is seen as significant as it comes after more that fifteen years since a Supreme Court judge was appointed directly from the bar. The Supreme Court judges are rarely appointed from the bar. Although the practice is prevalent in High Court’s as lawyers are sometimes elevated to the position of judges. Usually, a former chief justice of a High Court is elevated to the position of a Supreme Court judge.

Santosh Hegde was the last lawyer to be appointed directly to the Supreme Court bench. Hegde took the top post in 1999. He later went on to become the Karnataka Lokayukta after retirement.


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