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SC Collegium To Reiterate Justice KM Joseph’s Name For SC Elevation

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| May 12 , 2018 , 07:48 IST

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. This comes more than a fortnight after the Central Government returned the collegium’s recommendation to elevate Justice Joseph while clearing the recommendation to elevate Justice Indu Malhotra.

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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.

The meeting of the collegium was called by CJI Dipak Misra a day after Justice Chelameswar wrote to him seeking an early meeting of the collegium. The collegium comprising of top five judges of the apex court namely CJI Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph made a unanimous decision to carry the name of Justice KM Joseph along with the recommendation of elevation of other High Court Chief Justices to the Supreme Court.


"The Chief Justice and other members of the Collegium have, on principle, unanimously agreed that the recommendation for appointment of Justice K M Joseph, Chief Justice, Uttarakhand High Court [Parent High Court: Kerala] as a Judge of the Supreme Court should be reiterated. However, the said reiteration should also be accompanied by the recommendation of the names of Chief Justices of High Courts for elevation as Judges of the Supreme Court, for which detailed discussion is required," the resolution said.


The collegium will meet again on May 16 to deliberate on the names of other High Court Chief Justices.