Underlining the need for a transparent process of appointments to higher judiciary,new Law Minister Kapil Sibal Monday said this process be such that only persons of impeccable integrity and high competence are appointed.
Sibal said a short-term method could be to change the present system through an institutional dialogue. The present system,he said,was opaque and the long-term method to change it was through a law.
Laying down the broad roadmap for the ministry,Sibal said he would strive for legal procedures which are conducive to economic growth and introduce a transparent process for the appointment of judges. Legal processes and procedures should not be an impediment to economic growth but must fuel it. He said simplification and transparency of legal processes and procedures were necessary to achieve this objective. A dialogue will be initiated with various ministries,including the Finance Ministry,which has already flagged the issue.
Sources present in a meeting of senior officers with Sibal said if the Opposition agrees to support the pending Law Ministry legislations,then the Centre will move ahead. Otherwise,it will wait for a consensus.
They also said appointment of more judges to reduce pendency of cases was not possible in a short time and a policy would have to be evolved on a long-term basis to achieve the objective. The minister said more needs to be done in the field of legal education to bring it up to international standards. The legal fraternity must be an active participant in this regard, he said.
Sibal also stressed that the processes of law must be quick and non-discriminatory.