Supreme Court collegium rejects Centre’s objection and reiterates its decision over elevation of two judges to apex court
New Delhi: The Supreme Court collegium, on Thursday, reiterated its decision to promote Justice Aniruddha Bose and Justice AS Bopanna to the apex court along with two other judges. Supreme Court collegium is headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.
The collegium decision came when the Centre had returned the file on the apex court’s nominations for reconsideration on grounds of regional representation and seniority. It is to be noted that the collegium on April 12 forwarded its recommendation to the Union government to elevate the chief justice of Jharkhand high court, Aniruddha Bose, and chief justice of Gauhati high court, AS Bopanna, to the apex court.
The two other judges whose name are being recommended by collegium are Surya kant and Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai.
An order by the collegium reads: “The collegium extensive deliberated and discussed names of chief justices and senior puisne high court judges eligible for appointment as judges of the Supreme court.”
The order further says: “The collegium considers that the following two persons are deserving and suitable in all respects for being appointed as Judges of the Supreme Court of India – 1) Mr Justice Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai, Judge, Bombay High Court, and 2) Mr Justice Surya Kant, Chief Justice, Himachal Pradesh High Court (PHC: Punjab & Haryana).”
The resolution also added that by Justice Gavai’s appointment, the Supreme Court will have a judge belonging to the scheduled caste category after about a decade.
At present, the top court is functioning with 27 judges against a sanctioned strength of 31.
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