SC dismisses PIL on having a mechanism other than collegium to appoint judges
By NewsX Bureau
| Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 13:54
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL on having a mechanism other than collegium system for the appointment of judges.
A lawyers' association had filed this plea seeking transparency in judicial appointments. The Court stated that the demand for committee may not be constitutionally tenable and the Union government is already preparing an Memorandum of Procedure in the same regard.
Collegium system is a process through which decisions related to appointments and transfer of judges in Supreme Court and High Court is taken by a collegium which consists of CJI, four senior most judges of SC and three members of concerned HC (in the matter related to high court) including chief justice of high court.
PIL is a litigation for the protection of the public interest. In Indian law, Article 32 of the Indian constitution contains a tool which directly joins the public with judiciary.
A couple of days ago, responding to the Supreme Court over logjam in clearing name for appointment of judges to the High Court, the Central government said that there was no logjam names.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had told the bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice AM Khanwilkar that the delay was happening because the process for filing the vacancies which had arisen seven years back.
Telling the court that the process for filing the vacancies should start six months before a vacancy actually arises, he said: "It is like a race, you start early. You reach in time."