Despite Justice Lodha’s defence, Govt tables bill seeking to scrap collegium system

The move came on a day when Chief Justice of India RM Lodha fervently defended the collegium system.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 11, 2014 6:45 pm
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told Lok Sabha on Monday that around 4,000 posts are vacant in lower judiciary and 250 posts of judges in various high courts. ( Source: Express photo by Dipantar Borah ) Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at the Indian Express Idea Exchange. (Source: Express photo by Dipantar Borah)

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday introduced in Lok Sabha the judicial appointment commission bill seeking to replace the collegium system of appointment of judges.

The move came on a day when Chief Justice of India RM Lodha fervently defended the collegium system and lashed out at a “campaign to defame the judiciary and to tarnish its image in the eye of public.”

Justice Lodha said that there were repeated attempts being made to spread incorrect information about the functioning and decisions of the collegium whereas the collegium members were more concerned about the purity of system.

Justice Lodha’s observations had come a day after former SC Judge Markandey Katju alleged former CJI S H Kapadia, besides three other ex-CJIs, were informed by him about corrupt practices of some HC judges but they all failed to take action.

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    A S
    Aug 11, 2014 at 6:43 pm
    War is a too serious matter to be left to Generals. And appointment and removal of judges can't be left exclusively to judges. Hon SC has powers to interpret consution but they cannot rewrite the consution. Major changes needed to ensure good quality judges are appointed and judges whose performance below par and particularly those facing credible corruption charges are removed within a reasonable time. Status quo is not an option. After all courts exist for rendering justice to public and perpetuating unsatisfactory quality of judicial service.
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      Shubhra Joshi
      Aug 12, 2014 at 1:08 am
      Surely the collegium system is flawed however using politics or politicians to put people in judiciary is also wrong There should a vote system of all practicing lawyers and judges to nominate/ elect a person putting forward his name for the seat
      1. B
        Aug 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm
        CJI Mr Lodha is another one that has been thru' the same "mill" churning out dozens of judges with moral, ethical and integrity bankruptcy and wants to stick with it! He is going to retire soon with all the perks just like some of his predecessors had done. The confidence of the people in our justice system should be nothing less than "perfect" (100%); we had tolerated mediocrity and other short-comings for so long in every aspect of life and it is time to shed that atude!