New Delhi: Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan on Sunday said the records of collegium meetings to
appoint or elevate judges were not kept as any written
material may jeopardise career prospects of a candidate.
The CJI`s remark came against the backdrop of attempts
to bring the records of promotion and appointment of judges in
the higher judiciary in public domain by invoking the Right to
Information (RTI) Act.
"We don`t record any minutes. This is because... it will
adversely affect the image and integrity of that particular
judge," he said.
"If he talks something about integrity of that judge, it
is all allegation, some judge may say something, the other
something. We all record and it is published there then he
will not be able to continue serving as a Chief Justice
thereafter," Justice Balakrishnan said.
The CJI said that the collegium system discussed about
the candidates who were sitting Chief Justices for elevation
to the Supreme Court.
"It is not a departmental promotion, where grading is
done and all discussed. It is not like a DPC committee
meeting. The Supreme Court judges are appointed from among the
judges of the High Courts mainly Chief Justices," he told
a news channel.
"I don`t think that in any country, this sort of an
appointment of the judges is concerned, the comments on the
judge are published," Justice Balakrishnan said.