The All India Bar Association (AIBA) on Thursday demanded that relatives of Supreme Court judges be barred from practice in the apex court. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, AIBA chairperson, senior advocate Adish C Aggarwala, also sought setting up of four regional benches of the apex court and video-recording of all court proceedings.
Supporting the National Judicial Appointments Commission system to appoint and transfer judges, Aggarwala urged the government to ensure that the two “eminent persons”, who will be involved in selection and appointment of judges under the new system were neither advocates nor kin of advocates or judges.
“This is required so that the nominated members can work impartially…,” Aggarwala said in the representation, copies of which have been sent to Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda and CJI H L Dattu. AIBA demanded equitable representation for all states in the SC, saying that while Maharashtra has three judges in the SC, UP has two judges. There is no judge from Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh, it said.