Govt Asks SC to Make Collegium System Transparent

Government has told the Supreme Court that collegium should not act without recording reasons why a particular individual was appointed a judge.

During a hearing today the government also stated that there should be a prescribed criteria in the public domain on appointment of judges.

current affairsThe government contended that there must be a minimum eligibility criteria for appointment as a judge in addition to the nominations made by the chief justice of high court.

Applications should also be invited for appointment as High Court judges and names of people who are being considered for appointment as judges should be made public.

The apex court was hearing suggestions from different stake holders to improve the collegium system.

The court heard suggestions put forth by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar and senior advocates including K K Venugopal, who had argued against the collegium system during the hearing of the matter relating to National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act which was held unconstitutional by the apex court on October 16.

After hearing the matter for two hours, a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Justice J S Khehar, asked the parties to file written submissions by compiling the suggestions.

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A five-judge Constitutional bench had earlier declared as “unconstitutional” the law that created a National Judicial Appointments Commission of six people including three non-judicial members.

The court said the two decades-old system of judges being appointed or transferred by a collegium – a group of five senior judges – would continue.