Four new judges were appointed to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, raising their number to 31, the full sanctioned strength.
As of now, the apex court is functioning with 27 judges. The sanctioned strength is 31, including the Chief Justice.
In the recent past, this is for the first time that the SC will have a full sanctioned strength.
The four appointed are justices Aniruddha Bose, A.S Bopanna, B.R Gavai and Surya Kant.
The names of justices Bose and Bopanna were earlier returned by the government to the SC collegium citing seniority and representation of regions as the reasons.
But in its resolution passed earlier, the collegium had reiterated its recommendation to elevate justices Bose and Bopanna to the apex court, observing that nothing adverse has been found regarding their competence, conduct or integrity.
The collegium had also recommended the names of justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant for elevation to the apex court.