Judges’ appointments: Returned 43 of 77 names preferred by collegium

A bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur was informed by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that while 34 appointments have been done, 43 names have been sent back to the collegium.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published:November 12, 2016 5:16 am
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THE GOVERNMENT on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it has returned 43 out of 77 names preferred by collegium for appointment as judges in the High Courts, raising objections against their elevation.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur was informed by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that while 34 appointments have been done, 43 names have been sent back to the collegium. “So as on date, there is not a single file pending with us,” the AG submitted.

The government’s submission came even as the CJI has said repeatedly that the collegium in the Supreme Court has been very careful with clearing the names for appointments as judges in high courts and around 50 per cent of names had been dropped to ensure nobody could raise a finger on the choices. But the government, with a string of objections, has sent back 43 names to the collegium for reconsideration.

After being apprised by the AG of the situation, the bench said that it would verify from the records and take up the matter next week.

The AG also pointed out that the new Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) was yet to be framed and that the government had not heard from the apex court collegium after it sent a revised draft on August 3. The bench responded that it would look into it and some development might take place before the next date of hearing.

On the last date of hearing of a batch of petitions on delay in appointments of judges, the bench had questioned if the central government wanted the entire judicial system to be “locked out”.

The top court said that it “cannot allow the executive to decimate the system” by what it called was its “inaction, inefficiency or unwillingness” to appoint judges.

Lashing out at the government for sitting over the files of judges’ appointments despite clearance by the collegium nine months ago, the bench had said that the government can neither “scuttle the working of the institution” nor be allowed “to bring the entire system to a grinding halt”. The AG had then sought some time to seek instructions and revert on the status of appointments.

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    A. Arumugam
    Jan 16, 2017 at 7:11 am
    instead of having quanative judges quality judges being needs to be appointed in top most judicial forum since there is no effective system for removal of unqualified/corruptible
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      Anil
      Nov 12, 2016 at 3:58 am
      Quality is more important, than filling positions. Else we will have judges - who are corrupt or incompetent or both.
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        Gora Chatterjee
        Nov 12, 2016 at 4:48 am
        While I admit the Collegium system has some drawbacks which need to be got rid of,but at present, different courts and even the Apex Court, are running short of judges.This results in inordinate delay. Let the Govt.clear the list as presented by the appropriate authority. Later the merits and demerits of the Collegium system should be studied carefully. But no names should be struck off the present list on the ground that " they are not sufficiently, mentally BJP-RSS orientation." Gora Chatterjee.
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          Gomatam Ravi
          Nov 12, 2016 at 5:42 am
          Better to have no judges than corrupt and inefficient judges!
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            M MD
            Nov 12, 2016 at 1:49 am
            DITATORIAL ATUDE OF P.M. IS FIRST QUESTIONED BY SUPEME COURT HIS DEISCISION OF PART OF REJECTION OF LIST OF JUDGES IS TO BE REEXMINED BY SUPREME COURT. DICRAIA ATUDE OF DEMONETISMATION IS RESULTED IN UNHEARD SUFERINGS OF DOWNDRODDEN AND MIDDLE INCOME GROUUP. BIG SHOTS ARE SAVED . THIS I B J P GOVT/.
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              KS KUMAR
              Nov 12, 2016 at 2:02 am
              It is more than 2 months sJI could
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                Murali
                Nov 12, 2016 at 4:21 am
                Yes collegium to be blamed, collegium should know present government likes only patriots from BJP, RSS and their stooges. Otherwise the trails will be completed and most of their leaders will behind the bars,including their fake encounters/snoopers.
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                  Sharad
                  Nov 12, 2016 at 5:22 am
                  "The top court said that it “cannot allow the executive to decimate the system” by what it called was its “inaction, inefficiency or unwillingness” to appoint judges".lt;br/gt; Essentially it said that we shall not be accountable to any elected body at all, and we shall run our own "monarchy" without any input from those who represent THE PEOPLE.
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