The five-judge Collegium led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is scheduled to meet on Friday to decide on the government’s objections to the elevation of High Court Chief Justice of Uttarakhand K.M. Joseph to the Supreme Court.
The Collegium meeting on May 2 had ended on an inconclusive note.
The Collegium is expected to finalise its response to the government on Justice Joseph and would also discuss the names of judges from Calcutta, Rajasthan, and Telangana & Andhra Pradesh High Courts for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court, in view of the “concept of fair representation.”
The meeting would also consider whether Justice Joseph’s name, after reiteration, should be sent back separately or in a batch along with the other recommendations from the three High Courts under consideration.
The Collegium meeting comes in the backdrop of a letter written by Justice Chelameswar, the number two judge of the Supreme Court, to the Chief Justice, strongly backing the reiteration of Justice Joseph.
If the Collegium reiterates its recommendation of Justice Joseph, the decision would have a binding effect on the government.
The Collegium — also comprising Justices J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph — had unanimously recommended Justice Joseph as apex court judge in a resolution on January 11.