Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Once again, Supreme Court defers Joseph's reiteration decision

Once again, Supreme Court defers Joseph's reiteration decision

The Supreme Court collegium on Wednesday deferred its decision to reiterate Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph's elevation to the Supreme Court, reports said.

An apex court official said that no decision has been taken as to when the recommendation will be sent to the Centre.

The meeting mainly centred around names from the high courts of Calcutta, Telangana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and the Northeast for elevation to the Supreme Court.

When the collegium sends the file back, the government will have to accept the recommendation.

In doing so, it has expressed its concurrence with a unanimous recommendation made in this regard by the Rajasthan High Court Collegium, as well as the state government.

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"The reiteration (of Justice Joseph) should also be accompanied by the recommendation of the names of Chief Justices of High Courts for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court, for which detailed discussion is required", the resolution said. The proposal pertaining to other Additional Judges whose current term would be expiring much later will be taken up for consideration at appropriate stage.

It had then adopted a resolution which stated that there was a need for further discussion on the issue of sending the names of other judges to the Centre and had chose to meet again on Tuesday. This issue may come up at the next meeting.

Sources told The Telegraph that the five-member collegium of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices J. Chelameshwar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph met for over two hours on Wednesday evening. 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.

There are now seven vacancies in the Supreme Court, with two more vacancies likely to arise in the next two months, due to the retirement of Justices J. Chelameswar on June 22, and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, on July 6.

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