KM Joseph, the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court, has been transferred to the Andhra Pradesh High Court. A bench headed by Joseph had recently quashed President’s Rule in Uttarakhand.
The bench had made stinging remarks against the BJP-led central government’s decision to dismiss an elected government before quashing the order.
“There is no king or absolutism. Howsoever high you are, the law is above you. Legitimacy of relevant inference drawn from the material that is placed before the President is open to judicial review,”
a bench of Chief Justice KM Joseph and Justice VK Bist had said.
The Centre had then moved Supreme Court against the Uttarakhand High Court’s order. Later the Supreme court stayed the HC’s verdict and expressed displeasure at the he High Court for not releasing a written judgment.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing till May 6 on the Centre’s plea against the Uttarakhand High Court’s order revoking President’s rule in the hill state.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the apex court that the Centre is seriously considering its suggestion to hold floor test in Uttarakhand.
# Chief Justice KM Joseph
Joseph, A native of Kerala, who passed out of the Government Law College in Ernakulam, enrolled as an advocate in Delhi in 1982 and has practiced at the Kerala High Court from 1983.
He has been a Permanent Member of Kerala High Court Advocates Association. He was named as Permanent Judge of the High Court of Kerala in 2004.
Transferred to High Court of Uttarakhand, he assumed charge in 2014 as Chief Justice of the High Court of Uttarakhand at Nainital.
At the same time, Acting Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale of the Hyderabad High Court has been posted as the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
Justice Bhosale was appointed Acting Chief Justice for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in May 2015.