No date has been fixed for the next date of meeting which could be held only in July when court re-opens after summer vacation.
Since there was no unanimity on certain other names discussed for elevation to the Supreme Court, a formal decision on sending the fresh suggestions along with that of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K.M. Joseph had been "deferred". The collegium meeting, which forwarded its recommendations, was chaired by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and attended by all the four other judges - Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph. This is the collegium's second meeting to firm up its response to the centre's decision that has set up a face-off between the judiciary and the executive and has been described as an attack on the independence of the judiciary. It was adjourned on the grounds that some more time was needed to finalise names of other judges so that the remaining seven vacancies could be filled up.
Although the government had opposed Justice Joseph's name, it had not opposed the collegium's recommendation to elevate of senior advocate Indu Malhotra, who has, consequently, become a Supreme Court judge now. But it has chose to do so only while recommending - presumably on May 16 - the elevation of other chief justices of high courts, who may be in the zone of consideration, for appointment as Supreme court judges.
The collegium had then once earlier this month deferred its decision on the issue. The collegium had earlier chose to consider other names from various high courts for appointment as SC judges and had deferred the deliberations to May 16. It had also questioned his seniority for elevation as a judge of the apex court.
When the collegium finally formalises its reiteration of Justice Joseph and sends the file back to the government, the latter would be bound by the collegium's decision.