New Delhi: In a setback to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to accept rejection of 43 names by the NDA government that were recommended by its collegium in connection with appointment of judges in various high courts.
The Supreme Court also sent back all 43 names for reconsideration by the Union government, reported ANI.
The apex court made this observation on the plea of Lt. Col. Anil Kabotra seeking the highest court’s intervention in the appointment of judges in various high courts.
The Centre had on November 11 informed the apex court that it has returned over half the names recommended to it for appointment as high court judges by the Collegium of judges headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur.
Out of the 77 names recommended to the government, 34 judges have been cleared for appointment. The remaining 43 names have been returned.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had told the top court that the Collegium is yet to respond to the draft Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) that the Centre had submitted to it on August 7 this year.