Sixteen states have ratified a constitutional amendment bill which seeks to scrap the collegium system of judges appointing judges, bringing the government a step closer to put in place a new mechanism of appointments in the higher judiciary.
The Law Ministry in 2014 sought an early end to the collegium system of judges appointing judges and plans to push in the new year early ratification of a bill by the states to put in place the new mechanism of selection.
A proposal seeking to change the present system of investigating complaints of misbehaviour and incapacity against judges of higher judiciary requires "further consultation", government said on Thursday, indicating that a bill in this regard may not come in the immediate future.
The Supreme Court has asked all the High Courts and subordinate judiciary not to entertain any complaint against a judicial officer unless it is accompanied by sworn affidavits and "verifiable material to substantiate the allegation".
Pakistan has suspended a television channel for 15 days and imposed a fine of Rs 10 million for airing a derogatory programme against the country's judiciary, the second time this year when a major news network has been silenced by the government.
The Bombay High Court has asked the Maharashtra government to frame a fresh policy by November 30 to provide protection to witnesses in the light of its observations and recommendations made by the Law Commission of India.
In a parting shot, outgoing Chief Justice of India R M Lodha today strongly defended the collegium system of appointment of judges, saying any other mode of appointment may impact on the independence of judiciary.
Eleven trainee judicial officers in Uttar Pradesh face dismissal from service on account of their alleged involvement in a drunken brawl at Lucknow on the day of completion of their training period last month.
Chief Justice RM Lodha on Saturday said that India has already arrived at a stage where nobody can tinker with the independence of the judiciary, but exhorted that to strengthen the role of law, the judiciary will have to ensure that it was completely corruption-free.
Brushing aside Centre's stand that the judiciary should not intervene on the Jammu and Kashmir flood issue, the Supreme Court on Friday asked it to provide immediate relief to the victims and consider setting up a Unified Agency to coordinate rescue and relief work.