NEW DELHI: After the third recommendation in seven months by the Supreme Court Collegium for the elevation of Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court, Justice K.M. Joseph, the central government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday night issued notification for his appointment as the Judge of Supreme Court along with two other judges.
The Collegium had recommended Justice Joseph’s name in January this year, but after sitting on the file for around four months, the Central government in April rejected the recommendation about his elevation but approved elevation of two others.
In July again, the Collegium recommended Justice Joseph’s name.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (2) of article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Justice Kuttiyil Mathew Joseph, Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court, to be a Judge of the Supreme Court of India with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office,” reads the Friday night notice from the Ministry of Law & Justice.
The government also notified the appointment of Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran as Judges of the Supreme Court.
The SC collegium had made the three recommendations on July 16. The January recommendation about Justice Joseph was rejected by the Centre in April this year, noting that it would “not be fair and justified to other more senior, suitable and deserving Chief Justices and senior Puisne Judges of various High Courts.”
However, it is said that an order of Justice Joseph quashing the President’s rule imposed in the State of Uttarakhand by the Modi government two years back had stalled his elevation to the apex court.
Reiterating its recommendation on Justice Joseph, the collegium noted on 16th July that there was nothing adverse regarding his suitability in the two communications sent by the Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while returning the recommendation for reconsideration.