Senior SC judge questions an exclusion by collegium
NEWDELHI: JusticeJChelameswar, a member of the Supreme Court collegium, which clears appointments to the higher judiciary, has questioned its decision not to elevate “the highly competent” Justice KM Joseph to the top court.
Justice Joseph, the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court, was on the collegium’s shortlist last year. But his name does not figure on the new line-up prepared by the panel headed by Justice JS Khehar who became the Chief Justice of India on January 1.
Sources privy to the development told the Hindustan Times that Justice Chelameswar record- ed his dissent on a file containing the names of five high court judges picked by the collegium for the top court.
The judge, who signed the file, has not objected to the proposed names, but, in a two-page note, conveyed his strong displeasure over the exclusion of Justice Joseph.
Justice Chelameswar has been pushing for “transparency” in the appointment of judges to high courts and the Supreme Court, and has refused to attend collegium meetings since August last year.