SC collegium to meet today on Justice KM Joseph's elevation

SC collegium to meet today on Justice KM Joseph's elevation

SC collegium to meet today on Justice KM Joseph's elevation

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The constitutes CJI Dipak Misra, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice M B Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph.

The Collegium, in a resolution, said there was need for further discussion on the issue of sending the other names to the Centre and chose to meet again on May 16.

Though the names of Justice K M Joseph and senior advocate Indu Malhotra were recommended together, the government only approved Malhotra's name - that too more than three months after the Collegium had approved them - and returned Justice K M Joseph's name on April 26 for reconsideration.

The collegium had on May 2 also, held a 45-minute meeting, to reconsider the recommendation for the appointment of Justice Joseph as a SC judge, but was deferred as it remained inconclusive.

The resolution further said that the Collegium met to consider the following agenda: "1".

Once the collegium sticks to its earlier recommendation to elevate justice Joseph, the government will be bound to appoint him as a Supreme Court judge, legal experts say according to reports. A wide range of issues relating to appointment of judges from High Courts, which did not have representation, was discussed, which remained inconclusive.

A final decision in this regard will be taken on May 16.

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Justice Jasti Chelameswar, the second-most senior judge in the Supreme Court, had written a letter to the CJI on Thursday, seeking the reiteration of Justice Joseph's name for elevation.

Though Justice Chelameswar, who retires on June 22, wasn't present at the meeting, he backed reiteration of the name.

"While Justice Joseph's nomination had been cleared by the collegium on January 11, the others are yet to be approved - so they are on a different footing", a source said.

The Supreme Court collegium on Friday decided that it would reiterate the elevation of Justice KM Joseph as a judge of India's top court.

It decided that his name "should also be accompanied by the recommendation of the names of chief justices of high courts for elevation" to the Supreme Court.

Justice Joseph headed the Uttarakhand HC bench that had quashed the President rule imposed by the Central government in 2016, a year before the elections.

Apart from Joseph, the other names that the collegium considered were Indira Banerjee, now chief justice of the Madras HC, who is originally from the Calcutta HC; Gujarat HC chief justice R. Subhash Reddy, who is originally from the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh HC; and Karnataka HC chief justice Dinesh Maheshwari, who is originally from the Rajasthan HC.

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