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Centre clears elevation of Justice KM Joseph and 2 others to Supreme Court

The government has also given its nod to appoint Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran to the SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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A file photo of Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court K M Joseph during the inauguration of the Joint Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday, April 24, 2016

The government has cleared the recommendation of the collegium to elevate Justice K M Joseph, who heads the Uttarakhand High Court, to the top court, ending a long standoff with the judiciary.

The government has also given its nod to appoint Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran to the SC.

Justice Joseph's name was recommended for appointment as a judge of the by the collegium headed by on January 10.

On April 30, the government had returned the recommendation for reconsideration on the ground that he lacked seniority.

The executive had also pointed out that several high courts remain unrepresented and Justice Joseph's elevation would be against the principle of regional representation.

His parent high court is the Kerala HC.

had struck down the imposition of President's rule in Uttarakhand in 2016 after the dismissal of a Congress government led by Harish Rawat.

The collegium on May 16 in-principle reiterated the decision to recommend Justice Joseph's name.

Sources said their warrants of appointment are likely to be issued by Monday.

The number of judges in the top court after the appointments would go up to 25. There would still be six vacancies.

First Published: Fri, August 03 2018. 13:28 IST
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