Last Updated: January 16, 2023, 15:42 IST
Law Minister Kiren Rijiju has referred to as his newest letter to Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud — in search of illustration of the Centre within the Supreme Court Collegium — “just a follow-up action” in sync with a earlier Supreme Court judgment.
“It is just a follow-up action of the letters written earlier to the CJI following the direction of the Supreme Court’s Constitution Bench while striking down the National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC) Act,” Rijiju instructed News18. He identified that the Constitution Bench had directed restructuring of the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) of the collegium system.
The minister’s letter has stirred a row, with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal calling the transfer harmful. “This is extremely dangerous. There shud be absolutely no govt interference in judicial appointments,” Kejriwal tweeted.
In his counter, Rijiju tweeted that his letter was in sync with SC tips. “I hope you honour Court’s direction! This is precise follow-up action of the direction of Supreme Court Constitution Bench while striking down the National Judicial Appointment Commission Act. The SC Constitution Bench had directed to restructure the MoP of the collegium system,” the minister mentioned.
He added: “The contents in the letter to hon’ble CJI are exactly in conformity with the observations and directions of the Supreme Court Constitution Bench. Convenient politics is not advisable, especially in the name of Judiciary. Constitution of India is supreme and nobody is above it.”
Legal specialists additionally see the most recent push by the federal government as an try to convey again the NJAC through the ‘back door.’
The controversy started after Rijiju, in his newest communication with the CJI, sought the illustration of the State (central authorities) within the Supreme Court Collegium.
Rijiju had earlier instructed News18 that the collegium system of judicial appointment was defective and have to be modified.
His feedback attracted sharp criticism from Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul. “When someone in a high position says that…it should not have happened. We have expressed our anguish. It appears that the government is not happy that the NJAC has not passed the muster,” Justice Kaul and Justice Oka noticed in November this yr.
The bench had additionally requested the Attorney General why names really helpful by the Collegium weren’t being processed by the central authorities.
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