New Delhi, May 11: The Supreme Court Collegium on Friday unanimously agreed to reiterate Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph’s name for Supreme Court judge, reported ANI. However, reports say his name won’t be the only one to be sent to the Centre for approval and the other names would be chosen in a meeting on May 16. The group of the five senior-most judges, who decide on judicial appointments, met on Friday after days of deliberations over the issue.Also Read - Kulbhushan Jadhav Gets Right to Appeal Against Death Penalty After Pak Passes Bill As Per ICJ Decision
The meeting follows a letter that Justice J Chelameswar, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, had written to the CJI asking him to convene the Collegium’s meeting on the issue and reiterate the Collegium’s choice. As per rules, the government has to approve a name in case of a second recommendation. Besides the CJI and Justice Chelameswar, other members of the collegium are Justices Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur, and Kurian Joseph. Reports say the other three judges had met Misra on Wednesday, asking him to recommend Justice Joseph’s name again. Also Read - It's a Matter of Right, Not Charity: CJI N V Ramana on 50% Reservation For Women in Judiciary
Last month, the Centre had rejected the Collegium’s suggestion to elevate Justice Joseph. The rejection caused a face-off between the government and the judiciary and the legal community saw it as a hindrance to the independence of the judiciary. There were requests for postponement of the oath-ceremony of Indu Malhotra, the other candidate to be elevated to an SC judge’s post, but Chief Justice Misra would have none of it. Also Read - Nine Supreme Court Judges Take Oath of Office at Once For the First Time Ever
On April 26, the government had returned the Collegium’s recommendation to elevate Justice Joseph, saying the proposal was not in accordance with the top court’s parameters and there was a representation of Kerala, from where Justice Joseph hails, in the higher judiciary. It had also questioned his seniority for elevation as a judge of the apex court.