Just-Ice Chelameswar's letter, say resources, is really a rebuttal of those details that regulation Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has made while advocating that the judges to reconsider the promotion of Justice Joseph - that the primary prosecution of the Uttarakhand highcourt - to the Supreme Court. The Union government on April 26 responded to the recommendation by approving the appointment of Indu Malhotra, but returned justice Joseph's file to the collegium for reconsideration.
"There is no official confirmation when the Collegium would meet", the official said, adding that "it is obvious that the agenda of meeting would be the elevation of Justice Joseph to the top court".
Supreme Court judge Justice J Chelameswar, who is the seniormost after CJI, does not want a farewell in his honour as he prepares to retire on June 22 this year. He had declined to participate in his own farewell when he was transferred from Andhra Pradesh High Court as the Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court.
Justice Chelameswar was later seen meeting an Opposition MP from CPI that same day following which Opposition MPs chose to bring a removal motion against CJI Dipak Misra based on the allegations made by the judges. This is the second letter on record that Justice Chelameswar is learnt to have written regarding Justice K M Joseph's elevation. On Wednesday, Justice Chelameswar did not attend the SC.
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The Centre's objection to Justice KM Joseph has been linked to his decision to cancel President's rule in Uttarakhand in 2016, which facilitated the return of the Congress government in the state. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has, however, refused this.
If the collegium sends back a name, the Centre has no choice but to accept it.
When asked whether the marking of a petition seeking an independent enquiry into special judge BH Loya's death to a bench headed by Mishra prompted them to come out in the open, one of the four answered in the affirmative, a HT report said. The four had also raised questions on Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra's decision to allocate sensitive cases to junior judges.
The Supreme Court is now functioning with 24 Judges as against the strength of 31, sanctioned by Parliament.