Controversial judgments acquitting accused persons under the POCSO Act given by Justice Pushpa Ganediwala has prompted the Supreme Court Collegium to withdraw its consent to make her a permanent Judge of Bombay High Court. She is currently serving as an additional judge of the Bombay High Court.
The three-member Collegium headed by CJI S.A. Bobde and also comprising Justice N.V. Ramana and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman took the decision to recall its recommendation made on 20th January to the Central Government to make Justice Ganediwala a permanent judge.
The decision to withdraw the recommendation was made after two senior Supreme Court Judges, who are originally from Maharashtra, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and A.M. Khanwilkar conveyed their reservation to the collegium to make Justice Ganediwala a permanent a judge.
Justice Ganediwala had delivered three acquittals under the POCSO Act. It was the third judgment given by her that caused uproar not only in the Supreme Court but also among the citizens.