Supreme Court rejects PIL on mechanism other than collegium to appoint judges

A PIL was filed seeking transparency in judicial appointments

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) other than the collegium system to appoint judges.

A lawyers’ association had filed the plea “seeking transparency in judicial appointments.”

The court stated that the demand for such a panel may not be may not be constitutionally tenable and the Union government is already preparing an Memorandum of Procedure in the same regard.

The petition, moved by the National Lawyers Campaign for Judicial Transparency had sought a fair, open and non-discriminatory selection process for the appointment of judges from a wider pool of candidates.

The counsel argued that judges’ relatives are being inducted into the higher judiciary.

At one stage, as the pitch of the argument of the counsel for the petitioner organisation became too high, the bench asked him if he is addressing the court or the gallery at the back of the court room, where the media persons were seated.

With inputs from IANS