The Hush Post: Good news for Justice KM Joseph. The Supreme Court Collegium has reiterated the name of Justice KM Joseph for his elevation to the Supreme Court.
At present, Justice Joseph is serving as the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court. The decision comes in the backdrop of months-long deadlock between the central government and the Supreme Court over his name.
Before this, the central government had returned his name citing two reasons, mainly seniority and regional representation.
The Opposition has been arguing that Justice Joseph was being penalised for giving an unfavourable verdict against the BJP in 2016 when he heard the challenge to Governor’s rule in Uttarakhand. The Governor’s rule was imposed by the BJP at the Centre.
With the Supreme Court Collegium now returning Justice Jospeh’s name, it becomes incumbent upon the Centre to accept it and clear the path for his elevation to the apex court.
The Collegium has also recommended the names of Justice Indra Banerjee (chief justice of Madras High Court) and Justice Vineet Saran (chief justice of Orissa High Court) for being elevated to the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the central government has turned down a recommendation of the Supreme Court Collegium to appoint Aniruddha Bose, a judge of the Calcutta High Court, as the chief justice of the Delhi High Court. After the file remained pending for over five months, the government has told the Collegium to reconsider its decision.
It said that Bose, who has been a judge since 2004, has no experience as a Chief Justice to handle such an important high court.