The Supreme Court Wednesday restrained all High Courts from entertaining any petition challenging validity of Constitutional Amendment Act and National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act meant to replace the two-decade-old collegium system of judges appointing judges.
The hearing on validity of legislations which would replace the two-decade-old collegium system on appointment of judges on Tuesday commenced in the Supreme Court with the Centre "vigorously" opposing pleas to stay notifications of the laws criticised for allegedly taking away the independence of the judiciary.
The Supreme Court has made it clear that the yardstick followed in appointments in judiciary and civil services of not inducting persons with doubtful integrity should also be applied while appointing minsters.
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.
The Chief Justice of India, P Sathasivam, on Saturday defended the collegium system for appointment of judges in higher judiciary but said it is a prerogative of the Centre to bring a Bill to change it.
Speaking at the inauguration of Alternative Disputes Resolution Centre here, he said, though judges were not elected members by the people but lawyers and judges were ultimately accountable to the people.
Taking charge as the Law Minister, Kapil Sibal Monday said he would work to ensure that legal processes do not pose impediment to economic growth and will try to evolve a system for appointment of judges in a transparent manner.
Amid rising demands for greater
transparency in appointment of judges of the Supreme Court and
High Courts, the government is working on a proposal to put in
place a new system to give the Executive more say in such