US Supreme Court might get its first Indian-American judge

Chandigarh-born Srikanth Srinivasan tops the list of prospective justices to the US’s highest judicial body, after sitting SC Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden demise in Texas

Washington: Srikanth ‘Sri’ Srinivasan could become the first Indian-American to be on the bench of the US Supreme Court after conservative icon Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death gave rise to speculation that President Barack Obama may nominate the judge who enjoys impeccable bipartisan support.

Srikanth Srinivasan was Obama’s principal deputy solicitor general, most notably working on the successful fight against the Defence of Marriage Act. Pic/AFP
Srikanth Srinivasan was Obama’s principal deputy solicitor general, most notably working on the successful fight against the Defence of Marriage Act. Pic/AFP

Chandigarh-born Sri Srinivasan (48) tops the list of prospective justices to the country’s highest judicial body as Obama said he plans to fulfill his “constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor” to Scalia.

Congressional experts pointed that Srinivasan’s nomination as a federal judge was confirmed by the Senate in 2013 with a record 97-0 votes including the two Republican presidential aspirants Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Supreme Court justices are nominated by the president and must be confirmed by a majority vote in the US Senate before they can be sworn into office.

Srinivasan, whom Obama had first nominated to the post in 2012, graduated Stanford University in 1989. He was Obama’s principal deputy solicitor general, most notably working on the successful fight against the Defence of Marriage Act. Past reports have also labelled Srinivasan as Obama’s “Supreme Court nominee in waiting”.

Srinivasan is considered to have a bipartisan support in the Congress and is popular among both Democrats and Republican lawmakers. His parents had migrated to the US in the 1960s.

Trailblazer Srinivasan was sworn in as judge of the second most powerful court of the US in 2013, making him the first Asian American and Indian-American to be on the bench of the US Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79
Houston: US Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia was found dead on Saturday on a resort in Texas. Scalia (79) arrived at the resort on Friday.

Antonin Scalia
Antonin Scalia

When he did not appear for breakfast on Saturday, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found he was already dead. A federal official, who asked not to be named, said that there was no evidence of foul play and it appeared that Scalia died of natural causes.

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