Sibal describes lowering of Jus Joseph's seniority as "black day"
Justice K M Joseph's downgrade in his elevation to the Supreme Court today will be marked as a black day in the history of the Court.
Senior Congress leader and former Law Minister Kapil Sibal said today that lowering the seniority of Justice K M Joseph during his elevation to the Supreme Court will be marked as a "black day" in the court's history and the judiciary needs to do some soul-searching.
He also hit out at the government accusing it of arrogance.
"Justice K M Joseph's downgrade in his elevation to the Supreme Court today will be marked as a black day in the history of the Court.
"Smacks of the arrogance of Government and capitulation by Court. The Judiciary needs to do some soul searching," he said on Twitter.
Justice K M Joseph took oath as the judge of the Supreme Court today along with Justices Indira Banerjee and Vineet Saran amid a row with the Centre over his seniority being lowered on his elevation.
His elevation put an end to a protracted stand-off between the Centre and the judiciary, but the former's decision to lower his seniority despite his name being first recommended months before the other two judges created a fresh row.
Judges including members of the collegium comprising Justices M B Lokur, Kurian Joseph, and A K Sikri met Chief Justice Dipak Misra yesterday to raise their concerns on the seniority issue regarding Justice K M Joseph.
The judges were reported to be of the view that there was a need to sit together and ponder over the issue.
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