SC Strikes Down NJAC, Revives Collegium System Of Appointing Judges

In a jolt to the government, the Supreme Court on Friday quashed the constitutional amendment and the law for setting up the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) to make appoint judges in higher judiciary.
A five-judge Constitution Bench led by Justice J S Khehar held both the 99th Amendment Act and the consequent NJAC Act to be bad in law and ordered the revival of the Collegium system, which was being sought to be replaced by the NJAC.
It also invited suggestions from the government and others to improve the two-decade old Collegium system, in which an in house panel of five senior-most judges recommend names for appointments.

In a jolt to the government, the Supreme Court on Friday quashed the constitutional amendment and the law for setting up the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) to make appoint judges in higher judiciary. A five-judge Constitution Bench led by Justice J S Khehar held both the 99th Amendment Act and the consequent NJAC Act to be bad in law and ordered the revival of the Collegium system, which was being sought to be replaced by the NJAC. It also invited suggestions from the government and others to improve the two-decade old Collegium system, in which an in house panel of five senior-most judges recommend names for appointments.