Urgent Collegium Meet To Press For KM Joseph As SC Judge
The Chief Justice of India(CJI) Dipak Misra will reportedly call an urgent meeting of the Collegium to reconsider Justice KM Joseph for elevation as Supreme Court judge.
The govt on Friday had returned Collegium file recommending Joseph’s name as judge to the apex court.
If quorum is complete, the Collegium meeting will be convened, said an official.
The availability of 5 judges is however now doubtful with Justice Madan B Lokur on leave on medical grounds.
Enough From Kerala, Says Govt
The govt returned the recommendation to elevate Justice Joseph citing there was adequate representation of Kerala in the higher judiciary.
In 2016, a bench headed by Justice Joseph had quashed Narendra Modi government’s decision to impose President’s rule when congress was in power there.
BJP however recorded massive victory winning 56 out of 70 states in elections held in May 2017.
Justice Joseph who turns 60 this June is presently the Chief Justice of the hilly state. Earlier he was appointed permanent judge of Kerala High Court on October 14, 2004 and assumed charged in Uttarakhand High Court on July 31, 2014.
Justice Joseph’s name was recommended by the Collegium comprising Chief Justice Misra an Justice j Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph.