Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

SC Collegium defers decision on Justice Joseph's elevation again

SC Collegium defers decision on Justice Joseph's elevation again

The Supreme Court Collegium, which met on Wednesday to discuss the elevation of Uttarakhand Chief Justice K.M. Joseph to the apex court, has deferred its decision, sources said.

On April 26, Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had announced that the government had cleared the elevation of advocate Ms Indu Malhotra and put on hold Justice Joseph's elevation.

The collegium intends to send Justice Joseph's name along with other names being considered for Supreme Court judgeships.

It had then also made a decision to consider the names of other High Court Judges for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court.

This means that he would have to wait till the collegium decides on the names of the other probable candidate. The proposal pertaining to other Additional Judges whose current term would be expiring much later will be taken up for consideration at appropriate stage. This issue may come up at the next meeting.

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

Friday's meeting came in the backdrop of a letter written by Justice Chelameswar, the number two-judge of the SC, to the Chief Justice, strongly backing Justice Joseph. Both the proposals were sent on January 10 this year.

This is the third time that the collegium has deferred its decision on Justice Joseph's elevation since the Centre rejected its recommendation last month noting that it would "not be fair and justified to other more senior, suitable and deserving Chief justices and senior Puisne Judges of various High Courts".

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court website crashed yesterday as well, so the Collegium decision could not be uploaded in the evening.

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