The Supreme Court Friday posed questions in regard to the working of the National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC) for appointing judges to higher judiciary, asking how it would make judicial functioning "meaningful" and "accountable".
On a day it brought into force a law to appoint members to the higher judiciary, government Monday appointed 22 Additional Judges and transferred the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court based on recommendations of the collegium which the new legislation seeks to replace.
Government on Monday brought into force a controversial law to appoint members to the higher judiciary, two days before a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court hears a clutch of petitions challenging the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act.
A parliamentary committee has recommended that constitutional status be given to a proposed panel for appointment and transfer of judges of the higher judiciary so that its composition cannot be altered through an ordinary legislation.
There is no need for changing the present collegium system of appointing judges to higher judiciary nor the impeachment provisions in the Constitution, says Chief Justice of India designate Justice P Sathasivam.
Alleging "considerable corruption"
in higher judiciary, lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Wednesday said civil
society was ready to keep it out of the purview of Lokpal only
if an independent body is created.
Promising the Indian diaspora
better governance and transparency, the Government today said
it was making a provision to ensure "no tainted" person
becomes a member of the higher judiciary in the country.