The Supreme Court Collegium has once again recommended the appointment of senior advocate R John Sathyan as a judge in the Madras High Court. There has also been a demand to give them priority. The collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, has also given a detailed reply to the central government’s grounds for rejection, including the IB report.
What has the collegium said?
The Collegium has said in its statement that in the meeting held again on January 17, it has been decided that the recommendation for the appointment of advocate R. John Sathyan as a judge in the Madras High Court will be reiterated. . The collegium has found him suitable for appointment as a judge.
‘Sharing the article does not question the character’
Responding to the statement issued by CJI DY Chandrachud, Justice KM Joseph and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, it is written, “IB has stated in its report that Advocate R John Sathyan had shared an article of The Quint, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi was criticized. The second article was related to the suicide of a medical student, in which the government was held responsible for his death. All the members of the Collegium are of the opinion that Advocate Sathyan is suitable. The IB has also admitted in its report that nothing negative has been found against his personal image or dignity. The IB report also mentions that he has no particular inclination towards any particular political party…”
The Collegium headed by Chief Justice Chandrachud further said, “In such a situation, due to the criticism of the PM and sharing of the article related to the suicide of the medical student, the merit, dignity and character of Advocate R. John Sathyan does not arise. Will happen. Keeping this in view, the Collegium is of the opinion that Advocate R John Sathyan is fully fit and suitable for appointment as a Judge of the Madras High Court.”
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