New Delhi, August 6: Hours after the Supreme Court judges met Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and protested against the Centre’s ‘interference’ in Justice KM Joseph‘s elevation in the apex court, the latter agreed to take up the issue with the government. Notably, SC judges’ protest comes after the Centre on Saturday placed Joseph’s name at number three in terms of seniority thereby making him the junior most judge of the top court when he will be administered oath on Tuesday along with two other judges – Justices Indira Banerjee and Vineet Saran. Also Read - Palghar Lynching Case: Cannot Stand This Pattern of Reporting, CJI to Arnab Goswami's counsel
The recommendation for Justice Joseph’s elevation as a top court judge was made by the collegium in January which was reiterated on July 17. The collegium while recommending Justice Joseph’s name described him as one of the most able and suitable. Also Read - Ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi May be BJP's Assam CM Candidate, Party Happy For Ram Mandir Verdict, Says Tarun Gogoi
Ever since, the collegium recommended Justice Joseph for elevation, the government and the judiciary are at loggerheads. Notably, Justice Joseph earned the displeasure of the government after he set aside the imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand. Also Read - 'Will Speak in Detail After Taking Oath', Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi on Accepting Rajya Sabha Nomination
Alleging interference in the judicial appointments by the Centre, one of the senior most judges said that Justice Joseph was the first to be recommended by the Supreme Court collegium. His name should have been put the first but was placed at the third position, which makes him the junior of the two other judges, the judge said. “It is a blatant interference by the Govt,” one of the judges told a leading news channel.