New Delhi: Justice Jasti Chelameswar has written to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra saying the group of top five judges must meet soon and take a firm stand to reiterate their decision to elevate Justice Kuttiyil Mathew Joseph (KM Joseph) after the government sent back his name.
According to reports, the second-most senior member of the Supreme Court collegium said in his letter to the Chief Justice said that since he was retiring on June 22, the reiteration must be done at the earliest and the file recommending Justice KM Joseph’s appointment to the apex court sent back to government.
According to NDTV report, sources say Justice Chelameswar’s letter is a rebuttal of the points that Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has made while urging the judges to reconsider the promotion of Justice KM Joseph – Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice – to the Supreme Court.
After the Centre’s rejection of Justice KM Joseph, the collegium or group of five most senior judges, met on May 2 but deferred announcing a decision on elevation of Justice KM Joseph.
NDTV sources say no collegium meeting has been scheduled yet on this.
On January 12, the collegium recommended Justice KM Joseph and senior advocate Indu Malhotra as judges to the Supreme Court. The Union government on April 26 responded to the recommendation by approving the appointment of Indu Malhotra, but returned Justice KM Joseph’s file to the collegium for reconsideration.
The Centre’s objection to Justice KM Joseph has been linked to his decision to cancel President’s rule in Uttarakhand in 2016, which facilitated the return of the Congress government in the state. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has, however, denied this.
If the collegium sends back a name, the Centre has no choice but to accept it.
The Centre argued that Justice KM Joseph was not senior enough – he is number 42 in the All India High Court Judge’s list. It also said he was from Kerala, which is already represented, and that that there were no judges from Dalit backgrounds.
The Supreme Court is currently functioning with 24 Judges as against the strength of 31, sanctioned by Parliament.
CJI recuses from hearing petition challenging interim CBI chief appointment
New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has recused himself from hearing a plea challenging M Nageswara Rao’s appointment as interim Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Gogoi has sought transparency in the process of short-listing, selection and appointment of the CBI Director.
CJI Gogoi said he cannot hear plea as he would be part of the committee meeting to select the next CBI director.
.The plea will now be heard on January 24 by another bench.
The high-powered selection committee comprises the prime minister, the leader of the largest opposition party and the CJI or his nominee judge of the apex court.
A bench comprising CJI and Justice Sanjiv Khanna was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Common Cause challenging the appointment of Rao as interim CBI director.
‘Not safe’: Mamata refuses to allow Amit Shah’s chopper to land in Malda, BJP cries foul
KOLKATA: In yet another attempt by Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal to stop Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) President Amit Shah from addressing rally in the state, the state government has denied permission for landing of Shah’s helicopter in Malda district.
The BJP president, who was recently treated for swine flu at AIIMS in New Delhi, is scheduled to address a rally in Malda on January 22. As per BJP’s plan, Shah will reach Kolkata and then take a helicopter from there to reach Malda where he will participate in a public rally with BJP workers from North Bengal.
The Malda district administration has informed the BJP that it is not possible to grant permission to land helicopters at Malda airport this week.
“As per report of the executive engineer, PWD (civil), Malda Division, up-gradation of work at Malda Airport is going on in full swing. A large quantity of fine sand, dust and GSB materials is lying all along the runway and also stacked all around the site,” Additional District Magistrate of Malda said in a letter to BJP.
The letter added that the ongoing construction work has also affected the maintenance of temporary helipad at the airport and it is not possible to grant permission to Shah’s chopper to land at Malda Airport.
Meanwhile, General Secretary of BJP Malda unit had written to Malda DM saying that West Bengal government is using Malda Airport for landing their helicopter every Wednesday and they are refusing permission to Shah’s helicopter.
Centre threatening to impose Prez’s rule in Andhra: Chandrababu
Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday alleged that the Centre was threatening to impose President’s Rule in the state but, he said, nobody would be cowed down by such threats.
He claimed Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a “negative leader” under whose leadership the country was regressing. Addressing a teleconference with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders, he attacked the prime minister and the BJP, saying they did nothing special for Andhra.
“They say one Union minister will come to the state every week. What good have they done for the state? On top of it, they are issuing threats that President’s Rule will be imposed in Andhra Pradesh. There is nobody here to be cowed down by their threats,” Naidu said.
Referring to the opposition parties’ rally in Kolkata two days ago, the TDP chief said it marked the beginning of the end of dictatorial rule and gave confidence to the people of the country. “We will hold a similar rally in Amaravati in which leaders of 22 parties will take part,” Naidu added.
The TDP chief lashed out at his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao and YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, saying they were working under Modi’s direction.
The TRS and the YSRC were conspiring to create misgivings among the backward classes so that they are distanced from the TDP, he alleged. He said the backward communities should unitedly thwart such attempts.