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Several SC judges unhappy over Centre's decision to lower down Justice Joseph's seniority

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Several judges of the Supreme Court, including members of the collegium, are apparently upset over the Centre's decision to lower down the seniority of Justice K M Joseph, whose name has been notified, along with those of two other judges, for elevation to the apex court.

Highly placed sources in the apex court said the judges, including some members of the collegium, will meet of (CJI) Dipak Misra tomorrow to express dissatisfaction over the Centre's decision to put Justice Joseph's name in serial number 3 in the notification.

Sources said a demand would be made to the CJI to take a corrective measure before the oath-taking ceremony in the Supreme Court, which is likely to take place on Tuesday.

Some members of the Bar Association said they will also make a representation on the issue.

The Centre on Friday came out with the notification for the appointment of the three judges, including Justice Joseph, to the apex court.

There was a tussle between the five-member collegium headed by the CJI and the Centre over the elevation of Justice to the apex court.

Justice Joseph, the of the Uttarakhand High Court, had headed a bench, which had quashed the imposition of President's Rule in the state in 2016. Uttarakhand was then under the rule.

The collegium had, on January 10, recommended the name of Justice Joseph, along with that of Indu Malhotra, for elevation to the apex court.

However, the had returned Justice Joseph's name for reconsideration and gone ahead with the appointment of Justice Malhotra.

The August 4 appointment notification has placed Justice after Justice and Justice

The warrants of appointment of the three judges were signed by the on August 3.

According to the collegium's January 10 resolution, when Justice Joseph's name was recommended for elevation, "He stands at Sl. No.45 in the combined seniority of High Court Judges on all-basis."

Justice Joseph's elevation to the apex court put an end to a protracted stand-off between the and the judiciary.

The number of judges in the top court after the fresh appointments has gone up to 25. There are still six vacancies.

The collegium had, 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 in July and it was accepted.

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First Published: Sun, August 05 2018. 22:35 IST