Justice K M Joseph to take oath today amid seniority row
The government says that it sees nothing wrong in Justice K M Joseph being sworn in after Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Vineet Saran, as proper rules are being followed and this has been done keeping in mind the seniority of the judges
New Delhi, August 7, News24 Bureau: The government says that it sees nothing wrong in Justice K M Joseph being sworn in after Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Vineet Saran, as proper rules are being followed and this has been done keeping in mind the seniority of the judges.The oath-taking ceremony of three senior judges, elevated to the Supreme Court, Justices Indira Banerjee, Vineet Saran and K M Joseph -- will take place today according to the order of seniority notified by the Centre. Many senior judges of the Supreme Court, including members of the collegium, were apparently upset with the Centre's decision to lower down the seniority of Justice K M Joseph, whose name has been notified, along with those of two other judges, for elevation to the apex court. Concerns raised by some of the apex court judges would be discussed after the three judges are sworn-in on Tuesday, as nothing can be done at this stage, suggest sources.On last Friday, the Centre came out with the notification on the appointment of the three judges to the apex court by putting at number three the seniority of Justice K M Joseph, much to the displeasure of other senior judges.In the notification, the names of Justice Indira Banerjee, Chief Justice of the Madras high court, was at number one, followed by that of Justice Vineet Saran, Chief Justice of the Orissa high court.As the convention goes, seniority of the judges is determined in accordance with the order of names notified by the government.Justice Joseph's elevation to the apex court finally put an end to a stand-off between government and judiciary.