New Delhi, Aug 3 : The impasse between the executive and judiciary has finally come to an end as the Centre on Friday has finally accepted the collegium’s recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph to the Supreme Court.
The law ministry has started the process of appointing Justice Joseph as a Supreme Court judge, along with Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran.
The Supreme Court had made the recommendations on July 16, re-recommending Justice Joseph whose candidature was rejected by the Centre in April this year, noting that it would “not be fair and justified to other more senior, suitable and deserving Chief Justices.
On April 30, the government had returned the recommendation for reconsideration on the ground that he lacked seniority
The government’s questioned Justice Joseph’s elevation citing inadequate representation in the top court from other states that led to its face-off with the country’s highest court.
Now the Supreme Court collegium has reiterated his name a second time .As per the rules if the collegium recommends a name for a second time, the centre has no option but to accept it.
Justice Joseph had struck down the imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand in 2016 after the dismissal of a Congress government led by Harish Rawat.