Collegium recommends to elevate Palakkad native senior lawyer KV Viswanathan as SC judge


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New Delhi: The Supreme Court collegium, headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, has recommended the elevation of Malayali senior lawyer KV Viswanathan as a judge of the Supreme Court. Additionally, the collegium also recommended the elevation of Andhra Pradesh High Court Chief Justice PK Mishra to the SC bench.

Following the retirements of Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and MR Shah, there are currently two vacancies in the Supreme Court.

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The collegium had previously considered recommending the elevation of KV Viswanathan during the tenure of Chief Justice UU Lalit. However, Justices Chandrachud and Abdul Nazeer (retired) expressed reservations over procedural concerns and did not sign the recommendation.

If the union government approves the recommendation, there is a strong possibility that KV Viswanathan may hold the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in the future. When Chief Justice JB Pardiwala retires on August 11, 2030, it is anticipated that he may succeed him as the CJI for a nine-month term. Viswanathan hails from Kalpathy in Palakkad.

Justice KM Joseph is the only Malayali judge in the SC bench as of now. He will retire on June 16.

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