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SC Collegium meets to discuss Justice K M Joseph's elevation

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The met today to deliberate on several issues, including reconsidering the name of K M Joseph for elevation to the top court after it was returned by the Centre.

Details on the outcome of the meeting, which is understood to have gone on for over an hour, are awaited. This was the Collegium's second meeting in five days.

At its last meeting on May 11, the had agreed in principle to reiterate its recommendation for elevating Justice Joseph as a of the apex court, almost three weeks after it was returned by the Centre.

It had then adopted a resolution which stated that there was need for further discussion on the issue of sending the other names to the Centre and had decided to meet again today.

The comprises and five senior most judges Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and

"The and other members of the Collegium have, on principle, unanimously agreed that the recommendation for appointment of Justice K M Joseph, Chief Justice, High Court [Parent High Court: Kerala] as a of the should be reiterated.

"However, the said reiteration should also be accompanied by the recommendation of the names of Chief Justices of High Courts for elevation as Judges of the Supreme Court, for which detailed discussion is required," the resolution of May 11 had said.

It had then also decided to consider the names of other High Court Judges for elevation as Judges of the

sources said those high court judges who are in the race to be elevated to the apex court are Chief Justice of Indira Banerjee, who is originally from the Calcutta HC, Justice R Subhash Reddy, whose parent cadre is Telangana and Andhra Pradesh HC, Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, who is originally from Rajasthan HC.

The government had on April 26 returned the Collegium's recommendation to elevate Justice Joseph seeking its reconsideration, saying the proposal was not in accordance with the top court's parameters and there was adequate representation of in the higher judiciary from where he hails. It had also questioned his seniority for elevation as a of the apex court.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 21:40 IST