With this, the apex court is three short of the sanctioned strength of 31 judges.

The Chief Justices of the Calcutta and Orissa High Courts, Arun Kumar Mishra and Adarsh Kumar Goel, and senior lawyer Rohinton Nariman were on Monday sworn in as Supreme Court judges.

They were administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha at a brief ceremony, held in the court hall of the CJI, attended by all the judges, law officers and family members of the new judges. The strength of judges in the apex court has now gone up to 27, against the sanctioned strength of 31.

The collegium is expected to fill a few more vacancies shortly. Following the superannuation of Justice Gyan Sudha Misra in April, there is at present only one woman judge, Ranjana Desai, who too will retire in October.

Mr. Nariman is the fifth lawyer to be elevated as a Supreme Court judge . Justice Goel, 60, will be the first judge to represent Haryana in the court and will have a tenure of a little over five years.

Justice Arun Mishra, 58, from Madhya Pradeshwill have a tenure of about seven years.