SC Collegium defers decision on KM Joseph elevation

03 May, 2018, 15:56 | Author: Jeffery Armstrong
  • The Supreme Court collegium is meeting to decide on the appointment of Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph as a judge to the top court

The Supreme Court collegium decided today to put off its decision on the recommendation of Justice K M Joseph.

All the five judges, including Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, took part in the meeting held a little while after normal business of the court ended at 4 pm.

At least three names, along with that of Justice Joseph, are likely to be cleared at the next collegium meeting, the sources said.

Jaising told the court that the government was stalling justice Joseph's elevation because as chief justice of the Uttarakhand high court, he had quashed the imposition of President's rule in Uttarakhand in 2016, leading to the reinstatement of the Congress party government led by Harish Rawat.

Since the Centre had sent back the file, there was a necessity to apply "the principles of natural justice" while considering the suggestion of the government.

Short Sellers Circle Oil and Gas Stocks as Crude Price Climbs
Concerns that the USA may reimpose sanctions on Iran helped underpin the markets this week as this represents a threat to supply. President Donald Trump would do "the right thing" in reviewing the country's nuclear deal with western powers.

The SC website used a single word, "Deferred", to describe the outcome of the much-awaited meeting of the collegium: the first since the Centre last month segregated its recommendations for the appointment of senior advocate Indu Malhotra to the apex court and for elevation of the Uttarakhand Chief Justice.

The Centre, while returning the file of Justice Joseph to the collegium, had also mentioned that judges from various high courts have not found place in the apex court.

"I wish to deny with all authority at my command that it has nothing to do with it (Justice Joseph's decision) at all, for two obvious reasons".

The government is well within its right to seek reconsideration of proposals sent by the Collegium of the Supreme Court, he also said. Prasad noted that a Bharatiya Janata Party government was elected with a three-fourths majority a year ago.

It also said it would later decide the issue of elevation of judges from other states "in view of the concept of fair representation".

Weekend Box Office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Scores Biggest Opening Weekend of All
The third installment of the Avengers franchise Infinity War is on its way to break records set by Hollywood films in India. Avengers: Infinity War brings together over 20 superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to fight one villain - Thanos.

Taking the example of Justice Khehar, who had set aside the National Judicial Commission initiative, Prasad said that he too became Chief Justice of India during BJP-led NDA government.

Malhotra was sworn in as the judge of the apex court on April 27.

Notwithstanding the letters written by the collegium members to the CJI, which had come into the public domain, the centre disregarded the recommendation about Justice Joseph. "No.45 in the combined seniority of High Court Judges on all-India basis".

Many former chief justices, including RM Lodha and TS Thakur, have openly said that the decision of the Centre was wrong and that the collegium should reiterate its decision to elevate Joseph in the interest of the independence of judiciary.

Protests planned for Starbucks where 2 men were arrested
Philadelphia police have released a recording of the call from the Starbucks employee that led to the arrest of two black men . Several speakers said Thursday's arrests were the product of institutional racism and a historically oppressive police force.



High-rise building in Brazil has collapsed after fire…at least one person dead
A 26-storey building collapsed after being engulfed in flames in Brazil's largest city, São Paulo , killing at least one person. Firefighters work in the the rubble of a building that caught fire and collapsed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

White House: Records Dispute Democrat Senator's Allegations Against Dr. Jackson
Speaking of the president's genetics, Jackson said, "Some people have just great genes". Trump tweeted early Saturday that the allegations "are proving false".

Twin blasts at mosque in north Nigeria kill at least 24
In Mubi, local volunteer Habu Saleh, who was involved in the rescue effort, described the aftermath of the bombing as "chaos". USA military officials in Abuja have recently questioned Nigerian tactics faced with guerilla tactics from Boko Haram.

Trump hosts heroes of Southwest jet accident, praises their courage
The air carrier believed the FAA "vastly understated" the number of engines that would require inspection and their cost. Southwest sent each passenger a $5,000 check and $1,000 flight voucher.

Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan falls short in PM bid
The Republican Party , which has 58 out of 105 seats in the parliament, has not announced its plans on the upcoming voting. Baghdasarian and Pashinian both indicated that they would take part in negotiations before that vote.

Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich live stream info, TV channel
Cakir officiated the 2015 Champions League final between Juventus and Barcelona , when Barça claimed the title in a 3-1 victory. In that 2000/01 campaign, Ottmar Hitzfeld's side overcame Real in the last four, winning 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Allardyce expects to stay with Everton next season
Huddersfield are now six points clear of the relegation zone and will be confident of securing another season in the Premier League.

Sainsbury's, Walmart's Asda in talks to create United Kingdom grocery leader
GMB will be making sure the voices of supermarket workers are not lost amid all the talk of mergers and acquisitions". Sainsbury's has confirmed that it is discussing a merger with Asda, the United Kingdom division of Walmart.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Hamilton capitalises after Bottas blow-out
The victor of the championship " Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Azerbaijan " - was the British pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton . After the race, Perez, Lance Stroll and Kevin Magnussen were called to the stewards for improper use of DRS.

Andres Iniesta to leave Barcelona after 22 years
He's also enjoyed enormous success with the Spanish national team - famously scoring the winning foal in the 2010 World Cup final. Iniesta and Messi were rising talents on that team coached by Frank Rijkaard and featuring Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o.