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Out of 28 Supreme Court judges, no Muslim judge in apex court

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New Delhi: Are Muslims disappearing from judiciary in India? That apparently may not be the case, nonetheless there is not a single Muslim judge in India’s Supreme Court at the moment.

There are at least 28 sitting judges in India’s apex court right now and till recently there were two Muslim justices there. Nonetheless following the retirement of Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla earlier this year, there is not a single judge belonging to India’s Muslim community.

Muslims make more than fifteen percent of the national population and according to the latest census the number of Muslims in the country is close to 180 million. Ideally there should be around 4 Muslim judges out of the 28 apex court justices.


A report in the Indian Express says, “This is the first time in 11 years, and only the second instance in nearly three decades, that the SC has been without a Muslim judge…The last time a Muslim was appointed to the SC bench was in 2012. Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, elevated respectively in December and April that year, retired this year — Eqbal on February 2 and Kalifulla on July 22. The wait for the next Muslim judge could be prolonged due to the ongoing tussle between the Supreme Court and the government over the procedure for appointment of judges”.

This is not the only matter of concern for the Indian Muslim community. Muslims’ representation in the Indian government is at the lowest right now. There is no minister with cabinet rank in Narendra Modi government at the Center. There are only two ‘ministers of state’ rank ministers including Mukhtar Abbas Naqwi and renowned journalist MJ Akbar.

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