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Jul 20, 2018
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SC Collegium reiterates Justice KM Jospeh's elevation as apex court judge

Supreme Court Collegium has brushed aside the reservations of the government over its decision to elevate Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph to the apex court as a judge and reiterated his name along with two other recommendations. 

The Collegium said "nothing adverse" regarding "suitability" of Justice Joseph has been pointed out in two letters of Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

It also recommended the names of Chief Justice of Madras High Court Indira Banerjee and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran for appointment as Supreme Court judges.

The five-member Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on January 10 had for the first time cleared the name of Justice Joseph for the judge of the apex court.

However, 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. 

The Collegium, also comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and AK Sikri, met on July 16 and reiterated to recommend the Uttarakhand Chief Justice as the judge of the apex court.

While deliberating on the names for the apex court judges, the Collegium noted that against the sanctioned strength of 31 judges, the Supreme Court was currently functioning with 22 judges, leaving 9 clear vacancies.

If the Centre clears the name of Justice Indira Banerjee, the apex court would have three women judges. At present, Justices R Banumathi and Indu Malhotra are the two woman judges in the apex court.

Justice Banerjee would become the eighth woman judge in the history of the Supreme Court.
 

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