Supreme Court junks PIL demanding alternative to collegium system

The Supreme Court said that doing the same would amount to amending of Constitution.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: September 20, 2016 1:03 pm
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The Supreme Court junked a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) Tuesday which demanded an alternative to be brought to the collegium system used to appoint judges in the country.

The court said that doing the same would amount to amending of the constitution. The petition was filed by National Campaign for Lawyers and demanded setting up of an independent body of executive and judiciary for appointment of judges.

The collegium system hit the headlines last year when the central government demanded that it should be made more transparent. This happened after the top court, on October 14, 2015, struck down National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) as unconstitutional and restored the collegium.

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    Chander Pal
    Sep 20, 2016 at 11:55 am
    NJAC was a good change. It was unanimously ped by both houses, yet S C rejected it on grounds which an ordinary person may not relate to. The collegium on the other hand had its inbuilt drawback of judges choosing judges. We have also to strengthen lower judiciary where the pending cases are in mind boggling huge numbers.
    1. A
      Sep 20, 2016 at 11:00 am
      The present collegium system in selecting SC/HC judges is definitely very good when everone knows when anything leaqve to Political cles how corruption take place at large and if new system form then it will not work.Therefore as far as possible our Judiciary mus be kept away from Politics.However there must be transparency in selecting judges and left to the whims and fancy of the collegium system as said by Supreme Court’s senior judge, Justice J Chelameswar who opted out of the collegium saying he finds its procedure and process “most opaque” needs tranpserency in selection.
      1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
        Sep 20, 2016 at 8:42 am
        India should start Indian Judicial Service in the same manner as other all India compeive examinations for recruitment of officers. Those selected should work in High Courts under the regular judges for a period of five years and then given independent cases to deal. Like Railway Board there should be a judicial board which should oversee all the working of courts. Supreme Court should be entrusted with only mind the judicial aspect of cases. No administrative works.
        1. G
          Sep 20, 2016 at 11:54 am
          Ha Ha!
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            Birendra Singh
            Sep 20, 2016 at 8:33 am
            I would be happy with the judgment if all was good in Indian judiciary.
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