New Delhi, May 17: The Supreme Court has deferred for the third time its decision on the issue of recommending Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Joseph for elevation to the top court after it was returned by the Centre, said reports. Also Read - Coronavirus: Controversial Ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi's Mother Contributes Rs 1 Lakh to PM-CARES Fund
The meeting, which began at 4.15 pm lasted nearly two hours and was attended by all its members, CJI Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph. The meeting failed to reiterate Justice KM Joseph’s name as planned last week, apart from suggesting other names for the Supreme Court. On May 11, the Supreme Court had said it would reiterate Joseph’s name while recommending some other names too for elevation. Also Read - Gogoi Takes Oath Amid 'Shame, Shame' Chants; Grossly Unfair, Says RS Prasad
The Collegium had said: “The Chief Justice and other members of the Collegium have, on principle, unanimously agreed that the recommendation for appointment of Mr Justice K M Joseph, Chief Justice, Uttarakhand High Court (Parent High Court: Kerala) as a Judge of the Supreme Court should be reiterated. However, the said reiteration should also be accompanied by the recommendation of the names of Chief Justices of High Courts for elevation as Judges of the Supreme Court, for which detailed discussion is required.” Also Read - Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi to Take Oath as Rajya Sabha MP on Thursday
The matter of the elevation of Justice Joseph, the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court, was stalled by the Centre when it refused to clear his name to be a Supreme Court judge. It is not clear what transpired in Wednesday’s meeting and the date of the next meeting is also not fixed. The Supreme Court goes on vacation after May 18 and will reconvene in July though Collegium meetings have been held during vacation as well.