SC Collegium reiterates Justice K M Joseph’s elevation as apex court judge

SC Collegium reiterates Justice K M Joseph’s elevation as apex court judge

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On April 26, the government returned for reconsideration the Collegium’s recommendation to elevate Justice K M Joseph. (Express photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

The Supreme Court Collegium Friday reiterated the name of Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Joseph for appointment as apex court judge. It also recommended Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Odisha High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran as Supreme Court judges.

The Supreme Court’s decision to reiterate Justice K M Joseph’s name for elevation comes in the background of the controversy over the government asking the Collegium to reconsider its recommendation to elevate him to the apex court.

A reiteration by the Collegium would make it incumbent upon the government to issue a warrant for the appointment of Justice Joseph to the Supreme Court. The same Collegium under Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had unanimously recommended Justice K M Joseph’s name in January, stating that he “is 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”.

Earlier this month, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Centre was within its rights to “seek a reconsideration” of a name recommended by the Supreme Court collegium for appointment as judge and to give its inputs, adding that it was not right to say th...

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