The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:


The collegium of the Supreme Court had forwarded the names of Justice K M Joseph and senior advocate Indu Malhotra to be elevated as judges to the Supreme Court.


After considerable delay the appointment of Indu Malhotra has been cleared. However, the government has not cleared the appointment of Justice K M Joseph. This is an unwarranted intrusion into the selection process of a judge and will affect the independence of the judiciary.


The President of India must immediately intervene to ensure that the laid out procedure is followed and the appointment of Justice Joseph be cleared.