The existing strength of the Apex Court judges has now gone up from 25 to 28. The Apex Court has a sanctioned strength of 31 judges. Justice Mishra was the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court before being elevated to the Apex Court. Similarly, Justice Goel was the Chief Justice of Orissa High Court.

Rohinton Nariman on Monday joined galaxy of senior counsel, who were directly appointed as judge of the Apex Court from the Supreme Court bar. Nariman was the solicitor general under the UPA-II dispensation.

Before Nariman, Justice Santosh Hegde was made judge of the Apex Court directly from the bar. The elevation of Justices Mishra and Goel and appointment of Nariman was marred by controversy after the government returned the Apex Court collegium's recommendation to appoint Gopal Subramanium as a judge. Subramanium too was the solicitor general before Nariman.

(Agencies)

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