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.
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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.