The Supreme Court (SC) Collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, on 4 May 2016 recommended transfer of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph to Andhra Pradesh High Court.
Joseph, 57, was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court by President in July 2014. He was elevated to the post of Chief Justice on recommendation of then CJI Rajendra Mal Lodha.
In April 2016, a bench of Uttarakhand High Court, presided over by him quashed the Union Government’s decision to impose President's rule in the state. However, the ruling was stayed by the Supreme Court.
Justice KM Joseph
• He passed out of the Government Law College in Ernakulam.
• He enrolled himself as an advocate in Delhi in 1982.
• In 1983, he shifted his practice to High Court of Kerala, Ernakulam.
• He had served as a Judge of Kerala High Court for more than 9 years.
• His father KK Mathew was a judge of the Supreme Court of India.
This is the first set of recommendations made by the SC Collegium for appointment as judges of the apex court after the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act was struck down by a Supreme Court bench on 16 October 2015.
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When: 4 May 2016
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