With the SC going for a summer break from May 18 till July 3, and Justice Chelameswar retiring on June 23, there is some uncertainty about when the collegium will meet again.
The Supreme Court Collegium on Tuesday deferred its decision again on the issue of recommending Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Joseph for elevation to the top court after it was returned by the Centre.
At its last meeting on May 11, the Collegium had agreed in principle to reiterate its recommendation for elevating Justice Joseph as a judge of the apex court, nearly three weeks after it was returned by the Centre.
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When the collegium sends the file back, the government will have to accept the recommendation.
The collegium meeting was scheduled to discuss in detail the High Court probables for the Supreme Court.
In doing so, it has expressed its concurrence with a unanimous recommendation made in this regard by the Rajasthan High Court Collegium, as well as the state government.
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The collegium, which had met last on May 2, parted on an inconclusive note.
Sources said it was considering sending Justice Joseph's name, along with other names being considered for Supreme Court judgeships. It had also questioned his seniority for elevation as a judge of the apex court.
This was despite the fact that while recommending him in January, the resolution signed by five collegium members had 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". The Centre had sent back Justice Joseph's name for reconsideration.
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It had also chose to consider the names of other High Court judges for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court. But it is likely that the collegium may first consider six chief justices, in addition to K.M. Joseph, for filling the current vacancies in the apex court.