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Justice Chelameswar declines invite for his farewell

10 May 2018

Keeping up the tradition followed at the Bar to give a farewell function for every retiring judge, SCBA met Justice Chelameswar at his residence on Wednesday asking him to reconsider his decision.

Meanwhile, the retiring judge, on his last day in office, customarily sits with the CJI in the Chief Justice's Court. Justice Chelameswar is the senior-most judge in the apex court. The Supreme Court Bar Association organizes a farewell function in the lawns of the Supreme Court on the last working day of a retiring judge and Justice Chelameswar's farewell was expected to take place on May 18.

Chelameswar, due to retire on June 22, has reportedly cited "personal reasons".

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At the Wednesday meeting, the three judges also raised issues regarding the finalisation of the MoP, the system which decides the terms of engagement between the judiciary and the executive. However, The Indian Express has learnt that he has written to the Chief Justice and three fellow-members of the Collegium making clear his reiteration of the name of Justice K M Joseph for elevation to the Supreme Court. Sitting and former judges, the retiring judge's family, lawyers from all over the country and media attend it.

He would also write his or her comments in the SCBA's register.

Besides, the petition was heard a few hours before the formation of the five-judge bench by another bench headed by Justice J. Chelameswar, who is not only the second senior-most judge but also a member of the collegium. This was the third consecutive Wednesday when Justice Chelameswar did not attend court.

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The last one was for Justice R.K. Agrawal on May 4.

A first-of-its-kind press conference, Chelmeswar called a press conference at his home in Delhi and went public with his criticism of the way Supreme Court was being administered under Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

As the judge who dissented the quashing of the NJAC, Justice Chelameswar had fought for transparency in the functioning of the collegium and even resolved to stay away from the collegium meetings.

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As a member of the collegium, Justice Chelameswar was a signatory to its recommendation to appoint Uttarakhand Chief Justice K.M. Joseph to the apex court.

Justice Chelameswar declines invite for his farewell