A day after the Centre cleared the name of senior advocate Indu Malhotra as a judge of the Supreme Court, the government on Thursday asked the Supreme Court collegium to reconsider its recommendation for elevating Justice KM Joseph to the apex court, sources said.

This comes a day after the government cleared the appointment of senior advocate Indu Malhotra as a judge of the Supreme Court and kept in abeyance a decision on Joseph, who heads the Uttarakhand High Court. Both the names were recommended by the collegium earlier this year.

The government’s decision of not approving Joseph’s name has evoked sharp reactions with the Supreme Court Bar Association President terming it as “disturbing”.

It may be recalled that a bench of the Uttarakhand High Court headed by Justice Joseph in April 2016 caused embarrassment to the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by quashing imposition of President’s Rule in the state.

(With inputs from PTI)