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The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted two weeks time to the Union Government to file its reply on a petition challenging appointment of Justice Ashok Kumar as a permanent judge of the Madras High Court. The petition filed by former Union Law Minister Shanti Bhushan had alleged that Justice Kumar was elevated as permanent judge without the concurrence of the Supreme Court collegium. Justice Kumar, serving as additional judge of the high court, was appointed as a permanent judge in February 2007. According to the petitioner, the appointment was in violation of the rules as the Chief Justice failed to consult two senior most judges while making the appointment. As per the 'memorandum of procedure' of the Union Government, appointment of additional and permanent judges of the high court can be made by the Chief Justice of India after obtaining the consent of two senior most judges.
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