The Supreme Court Collegium — the group of top five judges which decides on judicial appointments – took an in-principle decision to reiterate its recommendation for the elevation of Uttarakhand High court Chief Justice K.M. Joseph to the apex court.
All the members of Collegium, including Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, attended the deliberation which took place after the centre turned down the suggestion from the collegium, advising the judges to be “objective and fair” and reconsider their choice.
Apart from this, the Collegium also decided to recommend names of other judges for elevation to the top court.
The next meeting of Collegium is scheduled to be held at 4.15 pm on May 16.
Last month, the government turned down the suggestion from the collegium, advising the judges to be “objective and fair” and reconsider their choice.
On January 10, the collegium had recommended justice KM Joseph and senior advocate Indu Malhotra as judges to the Supreme Court. Following this, the central government on April 26 approved the appointment of Indu Malhotra, but returned justice Joseph’s file to the collegium.