On December 13, 2022, the collegium recommended five names for appointment as Supreme Court judges, namely Justice Pankaj Mithal, Justice Sanjay Karol, Justice PV Sanjay Kumar, Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah and Justice Manoj Mishra. His appointment has not yet been notified by the government.
The Supreme Court has a sanctioned strength of 34 judges and is currently functioning with 27 judges. Thus, there are seven clear vacancies.
Detailing the reasons for the selection of the two Chief Justices for elevation to the top court, the collegium said the following aspects have been considered while recommending the two names: the overall seniority of the judges of the same High Court; and the qualifications, performance and integrity of the judges in question.