Senior lawyer Indu Malhotra was sworn in as the judge of the Supreme Court in the presence of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. The appointment was made by the President Ram Nath Kovind. Malhotra has now become the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed as a Supreme Court judge. In 2007, Mrs. Malhotra was only the second woman to be appointed a senior advocate by the apex court, three decades after Leila Seth first made history.

The law ministry’s approval to Ms. Malhotra’s name comes 14 weeks after a committee of the five senior-most judges headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra recommended Justice Joseph and Ms. Malhotra’s name for the top court.