New Delhi: The supreme court collegium on Friday unanimously agreed  in principle to reiterate the recommendation for the elevation of Uttarakhand high court chief justice K M Joseph as a judge of the apex court, after his name was returned by the Centre.

The five-member collegium, comprising chief justice of India Dipak Misra and justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, after hour-long deliberation decided that justice Joseph’s name should be accompanied with the recommendation of the names of chief justices of high courts for elevation as judges of the supreme court

“The chief justice and other members of the collegium  have, on principle, unanimously agreed that the recommendation for appointment of justice K M Joseph, chief justice, Uttarakhand high court as a judge of the supreme court should be reiterated.