Monday, 21 May, 2018

Collegium meeting on KM Joseph, other judges remains inconclusive

SC Collegium Again Defers Decision to Re-Recommend Justice KM Joseph Collegium extends wait
Melinda Barton | 17 May, 2018, 11:46

With Justice Chelameswar retiring on June 22 and Thursday being his last working day, the meeting can be held after the induction of Justice A.K. Sikri soon after the retirement of Justice Chelameswar. Now if the Collegium sends back his name again, then the government would be bound by it. However, the Supreme Court Collegium has made a decision to defer consideration of their names for now.

The Collegium is to meet again on May 16 to discuss the other judges. She will have served more than four years as chief justice, almost 20 years on the court and about 31 years total as a judge in Colorado. It would now wait for the other list to come up and is expected to recommend Justice Joseph's name too. This issue may come up at the next meeting.

The collegium, which had met last on May 2, parted on an inconclusive note. The collegium meeting, which forwarded its recommendations, was chaired by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and attended by all the four other judges - Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph.

The meeting mainly centred around names from the high courts of Calcutta, Telangana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and the Northeast for elevation to the Supreme Court. Both the proposals were sent on January 10 this year. Justice Malhotra is already functioning as a Supreme Court judge.

Sources said it was considering sending Justice Joseph's name, along with other names being considered for Supreme Court judgeships.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court website crashed yesterday as well, so the Collegium decision could not be uploaded in the evening. But it is likely that the collegium may first consider six chief justices, in addition to K.M. Joseph, for filling the current vacancies in the apex court.