Centre clears Justice K M Joseph’s elevation to Supreme Court

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NEW DELHI: Putting an end to the uncertainty, the central government has set in motion the process for implementing the reiterated recommendation of the Supreme Court Collegium recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph to the apex court. 

 

A report in the Indian Express said that the the sources in the union law ministry had confirmed that the process towards the issuance of the presidential warrants for the appointment has begun. 

Earlier there were reports that the ministry had up held Joseph’s file while processing the appointment of two other names-Orissa Chief Justice Vineed Saran and Madras High Court chief justice Indira Banerjee-in the list of recommendation. 

The fresh move ends five-months deadlock over the elevation of Joseph, whose name was recommended by the collegium in February this year. The Centre had returned the recommendation citing issues related to his seniority and regional representation. 

The government's contention at the time was that having another Supreme Court judge from Kerala would distort the carefully maintained composition of the apex court. However, the collegium in May unanimously reiterated the recommendation saying that Joseph was qualified to be elevated to SC in all respects.

 

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