Centre Approves Collegium Re-Recommendation Of Justice KM Joseph To Supreme Court

| August 3 , 2018 , 08:13 IST

In an indication that the impasse between the Centre and Supreme Court may have finally come to an end, reports on Friday said that the Centre has finally accepted the collegium's recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court had recommended the elevation of Justice Joseph in January which was rejected by the Centre in April, sparking controversy alleging the Centre of interference in the judiciary.

The apex court on July 16 re-recommended Justice Joseph, noting that it would “not be fair and justified to other more senior, suitable and deserving Chief Justices and senior Puisne Judges of various High Courts.”

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In the recommendation filed in January, the resolution signed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justice J. Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice M.B. Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph stated that they found Justice K.M. Joseph to be “more deserving and suitable in all respects than other Chief Justices and senior Puisne Judges of High Courts for being appointed as Judges of the Supreme Court of India.”

Apart from Justice Joseph, Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran have also been elevated to the Supreme Court.

According to government sources, Justice Joseph's appointment was delayed as the law ministry felt that the Supreme Court Collegium did not go by seniority of judges while recommending KM Joseph as he is reportedly 45th in the All India seniority of judges. The law ministry reportedly felt that there were other Chief Justices of high courts entitled to be elevated to the Supreme Court ahead of KM Joseph.