Justice KM Joseph's elevation to Supreme Court: Govt asks apex court collegium to reconsider recommendation

New Delhi: The government on Thursday returned to the Supreme Court collegium its recommendation to elevate Justice KM Joseph to the apex court and asked it to reconsider the recommendation, a move which may widen the rift between the judiciary and the executive.

This comes a day after the government cleared the appointment of senior advocate Indu Malhotra as a judge of the Supreme Court and kept in abeyance a decision on Joseph, who heads the Uttarakhand High Court. Both the names were recommended by the collegium in January.

File image of law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. PTI

File image of law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. PTI

In a ruling in 2016, Justice Joseph had cancelled the President's Rule in Uttarakhand and brought back the Congress government of Harish Rawat to power. The judgment was seen as a major set back to the BJP-ruled government at the Centre.

The government's decision to not approve Joseph's name has evoked sharp reactions with the Supreme Court Bar Association President terming it as "disturbing".

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wrote to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Thursday morning requesting the collegium, a group of five senior-most judges that selects judges for the apex court, to reconsider its decision on recommending Justice Joseph to be a judge of the apex court.

Prasad also informed the CJI that senior advocate Malhotra has on Thursday been appointed a judge of the Supreme Court.


Updated Date: Apr 26, 2018 14:43 PM

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