The Central Government has approved the elevation of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K.M. Joseph to the Supreme Court which has ended the long dispute between the judiciary and the executive
The Collegium had recommended Justice K M Joseph and advocate Indu Malhotra to the apex court on January 10.
Besides Justice Joseph, Chief Justices Indira Banerjee (Madras High Court) and Vineet Saran (Orissa High Court) have also been elevated to the Supreme Court.
Reports suggest that the issuance of presidential warrants for their appointment is under process and they may be appointed to the Supreme Court anytime soon.
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In February 2017, Justice J Chelameswar, the erstwhile judge of the collegium had expressed disappointment over not elevating Justice KM Joseph to the Supreme Court.
The government had said then that elevation of Justice KM Joseph would affect the balanced composition of the court as Justices Kurien Joseph, TB Radhakrishnan, and Antony Dominic was already from the Kerala High Court.
Justice Joseph became a judge of the Kerala High Court on October 14, 2004, and went on to become Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court on July 31, 2014.