CJI raises Justice Joseph issue with Attorney-General

This follows a meeting with senior judges, who opposed the change in seniority
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Monday met Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal on the issue of the government altering the seniority of Justice K.M. Joseph, who is scheduled to take oath on Tuesday morning as a Supreme Court judge after Justices Indira Banerjee and Vineet Saran.
Earlier, highly placed sources in the court said the Chief Justice assured senior Supreme Court judges who met him that he would take up the issue with the government and meet the Attorney-General.
The circular issued by the Supreme Court complies with the President’s direction. Legal experts ask why the court did not seek a clarification from the government before issuing the circular.
The collegium, which had separately reiterated Justice Joseph’s name and done so before recommending the names of Justices Banerjee and Saran, had made its intention clear that it wanted Justice Joseph to be ranked senior in the Supreme Court to the other two judges.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/cji-raises-justice-joseph-issue-with-attorney-general/article24618873.ece

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