Bombay High Court Chief Justice Dipankar Datta was on Monday administered the oath of office as a Supreme Court judge by Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud. Justice Dipankar Dutta is the son of former Calcutta High Court judge, late Salil Kumar Dutta, and brother-in-law of former Supreme Court judge, Justice Amitava Roy.
He took oath in Court Room 1 of the Supreme Court at 10.36 am today. With the swearing-in of Justice Datta, the total strength of judges in the apex court has gone up to 28 against the sanctioned strength of 34 including the CJI.
Justice Dutta was elevated from the High Court to the Supreme Court on Sunday. Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju had announced on Twitter the elevation of Justice Dipankar Dutta to the apex court.
On 23 April 2020, he was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court and on 28 April 2020, Justice Datta took the oath of office. His tenure as a judge in the Supreme Court will be till 8 February 2030. The retirement age in the Supreme Court is 65 years. His name was recommended by the collegium headed by then Justice UU Lalit (retd) in September last year.