"The reiteration (of Justice Joseph) should also be accompanied by the recommendation of the names of Chief Justices of High Courts for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court, for which detailed discussion is required", the resolution said.
The meeting was attended by all five collegium members - Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph.
A source in the apex court said the collegium had initially discussed sending back the file of Justice Joseph first and not wait till the other names are finalised.
The apex court collegium reiterated its 10 January recommendation for the elevation of Justice Joseph to the apex court after the Centre had on 26 April returned it for reconsideration.
The resolution had, in fact, specifically mentioned that the decision was being taken after considering the combined seniority of chief justices and senior puisne judges of high courts, apart from their merit and integrity. While returning the name of Justice Joseph, the government cleared Justice Malhotra's appointment.
Chelameswar, whose last working day, after a seven-year stint in the apex court, falls on May 18, was the lone judge on the bench to uphold the validity of the NJAC, arguing that entirely eliminating the government from selection process was against the country's democratic principles.
Official sources said those high court judges who are in the race to be elevated to the apex court are Chief Justice of Madras High Court Indira Banerjee, who is originally from the Calcutta HC; Gujarat HC Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy, whose parent cadre is Telangana and Andhra Pradesh HC, and Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, who is originally from Rajasthan HC.
The government had also flagged the issue of non-representation of SC/ST judges in the apex court.
The collegium had then once earlier this month deferred its decision on the issue. The collegium's decision taken in 2016 remains unimplemented to date.