Seven months after the SC Collegium’s recommendation, Justice Joseph’s name has been cleared along with the names of Chief Justices Indira Banerjee (Madras High Court) and Vineet Saran (Orissa High Court), who were also elevated to the SC.
Sources say presidential warrants for the appointment will be taken out soon to complete the process.
In the recommendation filed in January, the resolution signed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justice J. Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice M.B. Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph stated that they found Justice K.M. Joseph to be “more deserving and suitable in all respects than other Chief Justices and senior Puisne Judges of High Courts for being appointed as Judges of the Supreme Court of India.”
However, on April 30, the government had returned the recommendation for reconsideration on the ground that he lacked seniority.
The number of judges in the top court after the appointments would go up to 25. There would still be six vacancies.