Stalemate at Supreme Court Collegium continues
The 5 members of the Apex Court collegium headed by CJI T S Thakur is unlikely to meet in the near future, which has been a practice for the last 2 decades, to recommend names for appointment as judges of the Apex Court to the President.
Justice J Chelameswar has refused to sit with the 4 senior-most judges of the Supreme Court, including the Chief Justice of India, to recommend names for appointment as SC judges.
Supreme Court sources said the Chief Justice of India had written to Justice Chelameswar seeking his participation in the meeting. However, Justice Chelameswar refused.
Justice J Chelameswar had told on September 2 that he had stopped attending the collegium meetings because he found its process and procedure “most opaque”, and also that the “majority gangs up” to shoot down genuine objections against candidates who are not desirable of being chosen to be judges of higher courts. Justices A R Dave, J S Khehar & Dipak Misra are other judges in the collegium.
Justice Chelameswar had said, “I have written a letter informing him that I won’t be participating in the collegium’s meetings henceforth. The system of selection of judges is not transparent at all.
No reason & no opinion is recorded. Just two people decide the names and come back to the meeting and ask for a yes or no. Can a judge of the SC or HC be selected in such a manner?”
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