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SC collegium defers reiteration of Justice Joseph's elevation to top court

SC collegium defers reiteration of Justice Joseph's elevation to top court

Several jurists, former judges and sdvocates have since then stepped forth, calling out the Centre for the move, and demanding reiteration of the recommendation by the Collegium. 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. The Centre had said Justice Joseph's "comparatively small" parent High Court of Kerala was already "adequately represented" in the apex court and among High Court Chief Justices. Now if the Collegium sends back his name again, then the government would be bound by it. The proposal pertaining to other Additional Judges whose current term would be expiring much later will be taken up for consideration at appropriate stage. While seeking reconsideration of Justice Joseph's elevation, Mr Prasad wanted adequate representation for minorities and other High Courts, which are not represented. It would now wait for the other list to come up and is expected to recommend Justice Joseph's name too.

The present collegium includes Justices J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph.

After a three-month hiatus, the government cleared Indu Malhotra's name while returning Justice Joseph's file to the collegium even though both names were sent together.




In its last meeting on 11 May, the collegium comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and four other senior-most Supreme Court judges had decided in principle to recommend Justice Joseph's name to the Centre once again, but it had adopted a resolution to defer the proposal until it could deliberate upon elevation of other judges as well.

Till 9 pm, the resolution of Wednesday's meeting has not been uploaded in the Supreme Court website.


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