‘Tackle judges` appointment issue at the earliest’

A parliamentary panel said that judicial accountability will meet with "limited success" till the issue of judges` appointment is addressed.

New Delhi: Amid demands for greater
transparency in appointment of members of higher judiciary, a
parliamentary panel on Tuesday suggested a new law for the same
saying judicial accountability will meet with "limited
success" till the issue of judges` appointment is addressed
comprehensively at the earliest.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and
Justice and Personnel today submitted its report on the
Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, 2010 in both
Houses of Parliament.

Though the bill it scrutinised does not refer to
appointment of judges, "the Committee unequivocally feels that
the present Bill deals only partially with the problem and the
main systematic lacunae remain unaddressed".

Committee Chairman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said while he
was neither speaking in favour or against National Judicial
Commission - one of the alternatives being suggested to
replace Collegium system - the issue of judges` appointment
needs to be addressed comprehensively, though separately, "at
the earliest".

"The Committee is of the view that the government has
to move beyond an incremental approach and give urgent and due
thought to a holistic legislation encompassing the appointment
process... to ensure judicial accountability for improved
administration of justice," the report said.

The government had informed the Lok Sabha yesterday
that it has not yet finalised any proposal to replace the
Collegium system in which judges appoint judges.

The Bill, table in Lok Sabha last year, seeks to make
judges accountable and create a set of standards for members
of the higher judiciary.


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