Nine new judges, including three women, were appointed to the Supreme Court on Thursday. One of these three women judges was Justice BV Nagarathna, the judge most likely to become the first Chief Justice of India in 2027. Justice BV Nagarathna is currently a judge in the Karnataka High Court.
Born on October 30, 1962, Justice BV Nagarathna is the daughter of former Chief Justice of India ES Venkataramiah. ES Venkataramiah was the CJI for six months in 1989. Justice BV Nagarathna started her career as a lawyer in Bengaluru where she practiced constitutional law and commercial law.
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BV Nagarathna was appointed as an additional judge in 2008 and was elevated to the position of a permanent judge of the Karnataka High Court two years later. As a judge of the Karnataka High Court, Justice Nagarathna has delivered several landmark judgements.
Her landmark judgments include one on stressing the need to regulate electronic media. In the 2012 judgment, Justice BV Nagarathna wrote, “While truthful dissemination of information is an essential requirement of any broadcasting channel, sensationalism in the form of ‘Breaking News’, ‘Flash News’ or in any other form must be curbed.
Justice Nagarathna also urged the Union government to set up an autonomous and statutory mechanism to regulate broadcast media.
In 2019, Justice BV Nagarathna ruled that a temple is not a commercial establishment and its employees are not entitled to gratuity under Payments of Gratuity Act. The judgement further said that such employees may avail similar benefits under the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and the Charitable Endowment Act.
The other women judges appointed to the Supreme Court are Justice Hima Kohli, Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court; and Justice Bela Trivedi of the Gujarat High Court.