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

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)
By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: August 11, 2014 6:45 pm

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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