After several delays and controversies over the Justice Joseph’s elevation to the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of India – Dipak Mishra has decided to take the issue to the Centre but until then, the schedule of oath taking will run as planned on Tuesday August 7, where Justice Joseph, along with two others – Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Vineet Saran, will sworn in as judges of Supreme Court.
However, the controversies have not ended, with fresh problems brewing over the order in which the three judges will be sworn in.
The CJI is reported to have agreed to take the issue up with the Centre after consulting with Justice Ranjan Gogoi (the senior-most judge after him) and Attorney-General KK Venugopal. It is unclear whether this will affect the swearing-in of the three judges on Tuesday.
The recommendation for Justice Joseph’s elevation as a top court judge was made by the collegium in January which was reiterated on July 17.
Ever since, the collegium recommended Justice Joseph for elevation, the government and the judiciary are at loggerheads.
Justice Joseph earned the displeasure of the government after he set aside the imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand.