New Delhi: The Supreme Court collegium took an in-principle decision to reiterate its recommendation for the elevation of Uttarakhand High court Chief Justice K.M. Joseph to the top court.

The collegium decided it will resend its January 10 “unanimous” recommendation for Justice Joseph’s elevation, along with other names from Calcutta, Rajasthan, and Telangana and Andhra Pradesh High Courts that would be decided at its meeting on May 16. The collegium, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice J. Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph, took the decision at a meeting here.

“The Chief Justice and other members of the Collegium have, on principle, unanimously agreed that the recommendation for appointment of Justice K.M. Joseph (previously Kerala High Court) as a judge of the Supreme Court should be reiterated,” the collegium said.

However, it added that the said: “reiteration should also be accompanied by the recommendation of the names of Chief Justices of High Courts for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court, for which detailed discussion is required”. The next meeting will be held at 4.15 p.m. on Wednesday. The Central government on April 26 returned the collegium recommendation.

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