The Centre has approved Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph’s elevation to the Supreme Court today. This elevation comes after a long-drawn tussle between the judiciary and the Centre over Joseph’s elevation.
The Supreme Court Collegium had first recommended Justice Joseph’s name for elevation on January 10, along with that of Justice Indu Malhotra. While the Centre cleared Malhotra’s name, it rejected Joseph’s and asked the Collegium to reconsider his nomination.
The Collegium, however, refused to take Joseph’s name off and reiterated his nomination for elevation to Supreme Court on July 16.
The Centre today finally gave in to accept the Collegium’s recommendation and approved Justice KM Joseph’s elevation.
Along with Joseph, Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran have also been elevated as Supreme Court judges.