After Supreme Court Judge J Chelameswar raised questions on the lack of transparency in Supreme Court Collegium proceedings for selection of judges, two former Supreme Court judges, three retired Chief Justices of different high courts and a retired judge of Punjab & Haryana High Court have written to the Chief Justice of India, saying that transparency in the collegium was required to meet the basic principles of natural justice.
The letter has been sent by former judges of Supreme Court, Justices Kuldip Singh and H S Bedi, former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court S S Sodhi; former Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court M S Liberhan; former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Justice R N Aggarwal and former Acting Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana HC M S Gill.
The judges had earlier submitted suggestions to the Supreme Court through a petition regarding transparency in the Collegium proceedings. They have now communicated to the CJI that though it would be the privilege of the Collegium to lay down the methodology for maintaining a record of its proceedings, transparency would satisfy those whose cases are under consideration.
Justice Gill said he was part of the Punjab and Haryana HC Collegium for two years. “The then Chief Justice, in 2008, recommended certain non-deserving names… I had to put my foot down and finally they were not selected. Had there been transparency, those names would not even have been recommended.”