A brief informal meeting of four of the five most senior judges of the Supreme Court took place on Wednesday afternoon where finalisation of the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) and the reiteration of Justice K M Joseph’s name for elevation to the apex court were discussed. This was the first such meeting among these judges after the formal collegium meeting on May 2 which was expected to reiterate the name of Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court, Justice K M Joseph, but deferred its decision.
Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan Lokur met Chief Justice Dipak Misra in his chambers around 4.15 pm.
Justice J Chelameswar was on leave and was not present at the meeting. However, The Indian Express has learnt that he has written to the Chief Justice and three fellow-members of the Collegium making clear his reiteration of the name of Justice K M Joseph for elevation to the Supreme Court.
In fact, as there is unanimity in the collegium over reiterating his name, CJI Misra is under pressure to convene a formal collegium meeting where Justice K M Joseph’s name can be unanimously reiterated. According to current norms, the Centre, on receiving a reiteration from the Collegium, would have no choice but to issue a Presidential warrant and swear him in as a judge of the Supreme Court.
That can only happen once the Chief Justice convenes a formal meeting of the Collegium and pl...