Agartala: The Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi cleared the names of Tripura High Court chief Justice Ajay Rastogi along with three others — Gujarat High Court CJ R Subhash Reddy, Madhya Pradesh CJ Hemant Gupta and Bihar High Court CJ MR Shah — for elevation to the top court on Tuesday.

The names were cleared by the collegium in a meeting presided by CJI Gogoi for selection of judges. The meeting was attended by other top senior SC judges Madan Lokur, Kurian Joseph, AK Sikri and SA Bobde.

Against the sanctioned strength of 31 judges, the SC is currently functioning with 24 judges, leaving seven clear vacancies. With the new appointments, the strength of the apex court will go up to 28.

Justice Rastogi served as the chief justice of Rajasthan High Court for a month before being appointed the Chief Justice of Tripura High Court. He enrolled at the Bar in March 1982 and practised in the Rajasthan High Court. He became a judge of the Rajasthan High Court in September 2004.

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