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The Supreme Court Collegium has reiterated its recommendation to elevate advocate PV Kunhikrishnan as a judge of the Kerala High Court.
While doing so, the Collegium has decided to defer the recommendation to appoint advocate Viju Abraham, and remitted two other names – S Ramesh and George Varghese – to the Kerala High Court Collegium.
The Collegium had initially recommended Kunhikrishnan for elevation on October 9 last year, after he was recommended by the High Court Collegium on March 7.
However, the Law Ministry sent back the recommendation to the Collegium for reconsideration. Finding that there is not fresh material to reconsider its earlier decision to recommend Kunhikrishnan, the Collegium has reiterated its earlier decision.
“The Collegium while clearing his name on 9th October, 2018 has already considered material on the basis of which the proposal relating to Shri Kunhikrishnan has been referred back for reconsideration. As there is no fresh material in the file referred back to it for reconsideration of the above proposal, the Collegium is of the considered view that Shri P.V. Kunhikrishnan deserves to be elevated to the High Court Bench.”
The Collegium had deferred the recommendation to elevate the other three names on October 9.
As regards Viju Abraham, the Collegium felt that “further information” was needed before it could recommend him for elevation. Therefore, it deferred the proposal for a second time.
The Collegium has remitted the names of S Ramesh and George Abraham back to the Kerala High Court, “having regard to all relevant factors”.
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