Chelameswar J. writes dissent note to Collegium, bats for elevation of KM Joseph J.

When the names of five judges recommended for elevation to the Supreme Court were out in public domain yesterday, some notable names were absent.

The Bar and media were speculating on the same.

And it now seems that even a member of the Collegium shares similar thoughts.

Justice Jasti Chelameswar, who has not been attending the meetings of the Supreme Court Collegium, has written a dissent note to the Collegium demanding why Justice KM Joseph of Uttarakhand High Court has not been recommended for elevation to Supreme Court.

 According to Economic Times,

Chelameswar J. in his note has said that the Uttarakhand Chief Justice was an outstanding judge who deserves to be elevated to the Supreme court; And by not elevating such a judge, the Collegium is setting an unhealthy precedent.

The Collegium comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justices Dipak Misra, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Jasti Chelameswar had recommended five judges for Supreme Court judgeship – Sanjay Kishan Kaul J., Navin Sinha J. , Dipak Gupta J., Abdul Nazeer J., and M Shantana Goudar J..

Justice Chelameswar, who has not been attending Collegium meetings since September last year had conveyed his approval to the Collegium in writing while also attaching a dissent note regarding non-consideration of Justice Joseph.

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Jasti Chemaleswar J. 

KM Joseph J.