The NJAC was meant to replace the existing Collegium system to appoint judges to the higher judiciary. Justice Joseph said that the Collegium system to appoint judges to the higher judiciary is “defective and needs to be streamlined”.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi, at a press conference, claimed the grave apprehensions of his party over "interference" in the highest levels of the judiciary have been proved by Justice Joseph's remarks.
Along with Justices Ranjan Gogoi, J Chelameswar and Madan B Lokur, he had raised questions on "selective" allocation of cases, including the sensitive case of special CBI judge B H Loya, who died on December 1, 2014.
Justice Joseph was among four seniormost Judges at the time of the former CJI Dipak Misra who on January 12 made public the letter they wrote on what they thought was inappropriate allocation of cases.