Few days ago Congress and opposition launched scathing attack on PM Narendra Modi and his Government for not elevating Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph to the apex court.
They laid false allegations on PM Modi and his government that Justice K M Joseph elevation is not getting approved because PM and his Government is doing all this to take revenge from him. Because he is the one who has passed the order of quashing presidential rule in Uttarakhand.
They politicized the whole incident to target PM Modi and his government.Although government gave its clear cut reasons for not elevating Chief Justice K M Joseph to the apex court but the Congress kept on giving the fire to the matter.
But today giving the big blow to Congress and Opposition and putting an end to the fire they were trying to ignite The Supreme Court collegium or a group of five most-senior judges unanimously decided to defer the decision on elevation of Justice KM Joseph to the top court after a 45-50 minute meeting. The resolution adopted by the five judges read:
“The Collegium met to consider the following Agenda: ‘To reconsider the case of Mr. Justice K.M. Joseph, Chief Justice, Uttarakhand High Court [PHC: Kerala], pursuant to letters dated 26th & 30th April, 2018 received from Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India and also to consider the names of Judges from Calcutta, Rajasthan, and Telangana & Andhra Pradesh High Courts for elevation as Judges of the Supreme Court, in view of the concept of fair representation.’ Deferred!
After Govt objection, the Collegium in today’s meeting deferred decision on Justice Joseph Elevation. pic.twitter.com/QlfBLOgXFd
— Ishkaran Singh Bhandari (@Ish_Bhandari) May 2, 2018
The collegium comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph. The collegium has paid clear attention to the reasons stated by the government and has decided to consider it giving a setback to Congress and Opposition.The Collegium has provided hint that may be they can refer more names before sending the final list of judges recommended to be elevated to the top court.
As put forth by the Government that there should be fair representation in referring the name of judges the resolution adopted today reads that the Collegium is also to consider the names of Judges from Calcutta, Rajasthan, and Telangana & Andhra Pradesh High Courts for elevation as Judges of the Supreme Court, in view of the concept of fair representation.
The collegium’s decision is seen as an effort to address the government’s concern and fill more vacancies in the top court. Immediately after this decision of collegium voicing his opinion senior advocate Prashant Bhushan tweeted “ Very unfortunate that collegium has deferred the response to the Govt’s returning the recommendation for elevation of Justice Joseph to Supreme Court.Since the Govt’s objections of seniority & regional representation were w/o merit, they should have reiterated immediately.
Very unfortunate that collegium has deferred the response to the Govt's returning the recommendation for elevation of Justice Joseph to SC.Since the Govt's objections of seniority & regional representation were w/o merit, they should have reiterated immdly https://t.co/Us52ptWHqx
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) May 2, 2018
This is the big blow to all those who tried to politicize the move because of their personal benefits.
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