Collegium recommends KM Joseph’s name as Supreme Court judge again
Appointments of judges to the top court have been stuck over the contentious elevation of Joseph. The collegium first cleared Joseph’s name for elevation in January 2018. The government sat over the recommendation for over four months and returned his file on April 26.india Updated: Jul 20, 2018 17:23 IST
The Supreme Court collegium on Friday reiterated its recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand high court Chief Justice KM Joseph to the top court, in a move that will further strain the already frayed relationship between the executive and the top judiciary.
The Centre on April 26 had returned Joseph’s file back to the collegium for it to reconsider the recommendation on grounds including that the proposal was not in accordance with the top court’s parameters and there was an adequate representation of his native state Kerala in the apex court.
The government had also questioned Justice Joseph’s seniority among high court judges while returning the file.
Subsequently, the Supreme Court collegium, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, met thrice on May 2, 11 and 16 and could not send its recommendation back to the Centre despite agreeing on it in principle.
First Published: Jul 20, 2018 17:22 IST