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Justice K M Joseph takes oath as SC judge

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Justice K M Joseph, who as of High Court had set aside the NDA government's decision to impose President's Rule in the state in 2016, was today sworn in as a of the

Justice Joseph, 60, took oath amid a row with the Centre over his seniority being lowered on his elevation.

He was sworn in as the in the order of seniority as notified by the Centre, in which his name was placed at number three after justices and

The issue of elevation of Justice Joseph to the top court had been a bone of contention between the Centre and the collegium, which had recommended his name for elevation way back on January 10 along with

The Centre had returned the recommendation back to the collegium for reconsideration on various grounds, including that he ranked 45th in the overall seniority list of high court judges and there will be over representation of relatively smaller in the

It cleared the name of Malhotra, who was sworn as the on April 27.

The collegium on May 16 in-principle reiterated the decision to recommend Justice Joseph's name for elevation to the apex court. The recommendation was sent to the government in July and it was accepted.

A fresh row over alleged lowering of seniority of Justice Joseph came to fore when a few Supreme Court judges decided to take up the issue with the CJI in an informal meeting over tea yesterday.

However, highly-placed sources told that nothing much could be done at this stage and the concerns raised by a few apex court judges would be discussed after the three judges are sworn in as per the notification.

Apex court judges including Justice J Chelameswar (since retired), Justice and M B Lokur had taken exception in past to Centre's stand to first delay the appointment and then sending it back for reconsideration.

Justice Joseph became a on October 14, 2004, and he was elevated as a of a high court on July 31, 2014. He will retire on June 16, 2023 as an

Justice Joseph did his schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya in and New He later attended in Chennai and Government Law College, Ernakulam.

He enrolled as a in 1982 in and started practice, but later in 1983 shifted his practice to

Justice Joseph is the son of former Supreme Court judge Justice K K

Justice had served in the apex court from 1971 to 1976.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 12:30 IST