Meet Indu Malhotra-the first woman lawyer to be elevated as Supreme Court judge


Senior advocate Indu Malhotra has been elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court. Central Government has cleared the appointment. She sworn today and has become the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed as Supreme Court judge. She has contributed to legal intervention in several civic and human-rights issues. Know more about her.

Her name was amongst the two people recommended by the collegium to be elevated to Apex court. The collegium’s file recommending the elevation of Justice K M Joseph, the Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court and Senior Lawyer Indu Malhotra reached the Law Ministry on 22nd January, 2018. After processing the files, the government wanted to elevate only Malhotra and kept on hold the elevation of Justice Joseph.

 Indu Malhotra
Indu Malhotra, K M Joseph (image credit: indialegallive)

Life and Education
Indu Malhotra was born on March 14, 1956. She belongs to the family of lawyers. Malhotra is the daughter of well-known advocate late Om Prakash Malhotra. She went to Carmel Convent School from New Delhi. She did her Bachelors and Masters in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College. Later on, she pursued her Bachelor of Laws from the Faculty of Law, Delhi University. In year 1983, she enrolled herself as a lawyer in the Bar Council of Delhi. In 1988, she qualified as an Advocate-on-Record (AoR) in the Supreme Court.

Her Specialization
She is a specialist in the law of arbitration. Being a consistent performer in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court at various tribunals, Indu Malhotra has authored treatise on the Law of Industrial Disputes. Her books on commentary on the Law & Practice of Arbitration and Conciliation are also appreciated. She also framed guidelines for Good Samaritan law for protection from harassment of those who help victims of road accident. She is also one of the members of the Vishaka Committee on sexual harassment at workplaces.

Women Supreme Court Judges
There are very few women judges who made to Supreme Court. Since independence, Indu Malhotra is the seventh woman judge in Apex Court. Before her, only six women judges have become judges of Supreme Court so far.