Day 5 Arguments: 28 August 2019
The Supreme Court is hearing a plea by the Gujarat High Court Advocates Association (GHCAA) to direct the Union government to appoint Justice Kureshi. The Union has yet to respond to a collegium recommendation made on 10 May, which recommends Justice Kureshi to be elevated to the post of Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
On 2 August, Tushar Mehta requested more time. As this marked the second time Mehta was seeking an adjournment, the court stressed that it would not wait indefinitely for the Union to file a reply. Nevertheless, on 16 August the court granted another adjournment, after Tushar Mehta stated the Union would file a reply within one week.
Today, the special bench comprising the Chief Justice, Justice Sharad Bobde and Justice Abdul Nazeer heard the matter. The Chief Justice noted that he had received a communication from the Department of Justice. He said that the Collegium will take up the communication in due course. He directed that matter to be listed after the Collegium makes a decision.