The Centre Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that it has decided in principle to debar retired judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts who serve in statutory bodies from taking up arbitration work.
There has been an approval in principle to put a service condition that chairpersons or members of tribunals and other such agencies will not be taking up private arbitration work.
The terms have been sent for reconsideration to the Law Ministry and a decision is likely to be taken very soon, the Centres counsel,Additional Solicitor General A S Chandhiok,told a Bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw.
When Prashant Bhushan,the counsel for the petitioner,NGO Common Cause,submitted that the court had in February directed the government to finalise the policy within three months,Chandhiok said the policy was being finalised and should get the approval by the end of next month.
The court then directed the government to intimate it of the status of the policy at the next hearing in the last week of August.
Common Cause had filed a PIL,seeking directions to the Centre to restrain retired judges holding constitutional posts from taking up private arbitration cases because,the NGO argued,this violated legal and ethical norms.
The petition also sought directions to prohibit retired Supreme Court judges from giving chamber advice. The court,however,refused to pass such a direction.