The Ar­bi­tra­tor

INDU MAL­HO­TRA IS THE FIRST WO­MAN LAWYER TO BE EL­E­VATED DI­RECTLY TO THE PO­SI­TION OF SUPREME COURT JUDGE.

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INDU MAL­HO­TRA’S ap­point­ment as a Supreme Court judge was fraught with con­tro­versy as the gov­ern­ment had ear­lier re­fused to el­e­vate Ut­tarak­hand High Court Chief Jus­tice K.M. Joseph and pro­moted her in­stead. How­ever, no amount of con­tro­versy could take away from her the feat she had achieved. Mal­ho­tra be­came the first wo­man lawyer to be di­rectly ap­pointed as a judge of the Supreme Court from the Bar. She is also the sec­ond sit­ting wo­man judge in the apex court – only six women had been there be­fore Mal­ho­tra came in. She was also the sec­ond wo­man, af­ter Leila Seth, to be des­ig­nated as Se­nior Ad­vo­cate in the Supreme Court.

Hail­ing from a fam­ily of le­gal prac­ti­tion­ers – her fa­ther late O.P. Mal­ho­tra was a se­nior ad­vo­cate in the Supreme Court, and two of her sib­lings are prac­tis­ing lawyers –

Mal­ho­tra is not new to such achieve­ments. She spe­cialises in ar­bi­tra­tion and has ap­peared in many com­mer­cial ar­bi­tra­tion cases in

In­dia and abroad.

She has also been em­pan­elled as an ar­bi­tra­tor on fo­rums such as Sin­ga­pore In­ter­na­tional Ar­bi­tra­tion Cen­tre, In­dian Coun­cil of Ar­bi­tra­tion and Delhi In­ter­na­tional Ar­bi­tra­tion Cen­tre. She was a mem­ber of a high-level com­mit­tee formed by the Law Min­istry in 2017 for re­view­ing in­sti­tu­tion­al­i­sa­tion of ar­bi­tra­tion mech­a­nism in In­dia. The com­mit­tee sub­mit­ted its re­port in Au­gust last year. She also served on the board of ex­am­in­ers for the Ad­vo­cates-on-Record Exam. The board was formed by the Supreme Court and Mal­ho­tra was on it from 2013 to 2017.

She was a trustee of Save Life Foun­da­tion since its in­cep­tion in 2008 and con­tin­ued un­til March 2018. Save Life is an NGO that works on road safety and emer­gency med­i­cal care across the coun­try.

WHY SHE MAT T E RS Her ex­per­tise in ar­bi­tra­tion makes her stand out

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