Earlier this month, the collegium had passed a resolution reiterating its recommendation to elevate justices Bose and Bopanna to the apex court, observing that nothing adverse has been found regarding their competence, conduct or integrity.
On April 12, the Collegium, also comprising Justices S A Bobde, N V Ramana, Arun Mishra and R F Nariman, had cleared the names of Justices Bose and Bopanna for the Supreme Court. The Centre, however, returned the file to the Chief Justice of India for reconsideration.
"Appointments are happening. As the Chief Justice, I am telling you that whatever is pending is pending before the Supreme Court collegium. Nothing is pending with the government," a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said.
The recent decision of the Collegium to inexplicably replace two high court chief justices selected for elevation has reaffirmed my long-standing concerns about the methods of working of the Collegium.
Amid a row over their elevation, the Centre on Wednesday appointed Justice Khanna and Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari to the Supreme Court as recommended by the apex court’s collegium.