No precedent of govt returning collegium's recommendation: SC judge

The government’s decision to send back the Supreme Court collegium’s recommendation for the elevation of Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph as a judge of the top court was unprecedented and needed more detailed discussions, Justice Kurian Joseph, a member of the collegium, said.

“Things that should not have happened had happened -- that is the general feeling,” the apex court judge told on the sidelines of a function.

“There is no precedent of the names recommended by the collegium being returned (by the Centre). So, more detailed discussions should take place (on the matter),” the Supreme Court judge said, without elaborating further.

The collegium had, on May 2, deferred a decision on the issue of reconsidering its recommendation to elevate Justice KM Joseph, after it was sent back by the government.