Justice Madan Bhimarao Lokur, who as chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh high court recently struck down the Centre's order on 4.5% sub-quota for minorities in educational institutions and jobs, was on Monday elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court.
Justice Lokur, who was sworn in by chief justice of India S H Kapadia, will continue in office till December 31, 2018.
With this, the strength of judges in the SC has gone up to 27 as against the sanctioned 31.
Justice Lokur recently also suspended and ordered the prosecution of Special CBI Judge T Pattabhirama Rao in a corruption case relating to Karnataka’s mining barons — the Reddy brothers.
Justice Lokur, who earlier served as Chief Justice of Gauhati high court, was elevated from the Delhi bar as an Additional Judge of Delhi High Court in February 1999.
He continued to be at the Delhi HC till his transfer to the Northeast in June 24, 2010, before taking oath as Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh HC on November 15, 2011.