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Government clears elevation of Justice K M Joseph to Supreme Court

Prime News, National (New Delhi), August 4:- Ending a protracted standoff with the judiciary, the government has cleared the recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium to elevate Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph to the top court, sources in the government said on Friday. The government has also given its nod to appoint Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran to the SC, the sources said. They also said that the files were cleared in two batches on Wednesday and Thursday.

The sources said their warrants of appointment are likely to be issued by Monday. The number of judges in the top court after the appointments would go up to 25. There would still be six vacancies.

Justice Joseph’s name was recommended for appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court by the collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on January 10.

On April 30, the government had returned the recommendation for reconsideration on the grounds that he lacked seniority. The executive had also pointed out that several high courts remain unrepresented and Justice Joseph’s elevation would be against the principle of regional representation. His parent high court is the Kerala HC. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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