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Decision on KM Joseph deferred

Decision on KM Joseph deferred Decision on KM Joseph deferred
Bennie Garza | 17 May, 2018, 13:34

The meeting was attended by all five collegium members - Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph.

The Supreme Court collegium on Wednesday once again deferred the decision to reiterate its recommendation for the elevation of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph to the top court. This was the collegium's third meeting since the Centre returned the file of Justice Joseph. With Justice Chelameswar retiring on June 22 and Thursday being his last working day, the meeting can be held after the induction of Justice A.K. Sikri soon after the retirement of Justice Chelameswar.

It had then also chose to consider the names of other High Court Judges for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court. Just to skirt its logic of other High Court chief justices senior to him being left out, the Bench also recommended elevation of three of them to the Supreme Court.

Union Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad had rejected this allegation and had explained that the Centre was opposing Justice Joseph's elevation because Kerala HC, to which he originally belongs, is already well represented in the apex court and that there were other judges who deserved promotion first due to their seniority.

The Supreme Court Collegium, which met again yesterday to decide on the recommendations to the government on the promotion of come high court judges to the Supreme Court remained inconclusive.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court website crashed yesterday as well, so the Collegium decision could not be uploaded in the evening. It had also questioned his seniority for elevation as a judge of the apex court.

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