New Delhi: The Supreme Court collegium comprising five judges on Thursday recommended the elevation of Justice Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai and Justice Surya Kant as judges of the top court. Justice Gavai is presently a judge of the Bombay High Court and Justice Kant is the incumbent Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court.

Further, it rejected government’s objections and reiterated the recommendation to elevate Justices Aniruddha Bose and AS Bopanna to the apex court, observing nothing adverse has been found regarding their competence, conduct or integrity.

Notably, the government had recently returned the names of two high court chief justices to the collegium for elevation to the post as judges of the Supreme Court.

The two high court chief justices are Aniruddha Bose of Jharkhand and AS Bopanna of Gauhati. Their names were recommended by the Supreme Court collegium on April 12 for elevation to the top court. If sources are to be believed, seniority and representation of regions were cited as the reasons behind the government’s decision.

As per the information available on the official website of SC, a five-member collegium headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had met on Wednesday and deliberated on the issue of elevation of the four high court judges.

“In view of the above, on due consideration of all aspects mentioned in the file, the collegium resolves to reiterate the aforementioned recommendation dated 12th April, 2019, especially since nothing adverse regarding competence, conduct or integrity of Justices Aniruddha Bose, and AS Bopanna, has been pointed out,” the collegium said in its May 8 resolution.

Justice Bose is the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court whereas Justice Bopanna is the Gauhati High Court Chief Justice.

The Supreme Court is presently functioning with 27 judges, as against the sanctioned strength of 31 judges.