The Rajasthan High Court gained a second judicial couple following the swearing-in of attorney Nupur Bhati, wife of Justice Pushpendra Singh Bhati, as a judge on Monday. The High court became the one in the country with two judge couples.
At the high court’s new Jodhpur premises, eight additional people took the oath, which was administered by Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal.
Justices Mahendra Goyal and Shubha Mehta are the only judge couple currently serving on the High court. The sole female judge to take the oath on Monday was Bhati, bringing the state’s total number of female judges to three.
Three of the nine judges received approval under the quota for advocates, with the remaining six being judicial officers. The two other attorneys who took the oath of office as judges, in addition to Bhati, were additional advocate General Ganesh Ram Meena and attorney Anil Kumar Upman, both from Jaipur.
Upman has held two positions: special public prosecutor for SOG and President of the Rajasthan High Court Bar Association.
Rajendra Prakash Soni, Ashok Kumar Jain, Yogendra Kumar Purohit, Bhuvan Goyal, Praveer Bhatnagar, and Ashutosh Kumar were the six judges who took the oath. With these appointments, there are now 35 judges on the high court, with 15 more positions still vacant.