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Doubts poser on judges’ bill

- Focus on transparency in appointment to higher judiciary

Doubts about the new system of appointment of judges to the higher judiciary should be cleared to ensure transparency in the process, said legal experts in the city on Thursday.

Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) organised a seminar on judicial appointment. Experts present at the event said doing away with the collegium system of appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and high courts was not going to be of any help until any confusion about the process was dealt with.

Ali Mohammad, an eminent legal expert who was in the judicial services, said: “The new system talks of appointment of judges of the higher judiciary by a six-member committee, including two eminent persons. The term ‘eminent persons’, however, has not been defined specifically, creating doubts in minds of those who care for maintaining the highest standard of selection for judges.”

S.C. Roy, a faculty member at CNLU, echoed Mohammad.

He said any confusion regarding composition of the appointment committee should be addressed at the very beginning so that people knew the new system of appointment of judges passed by Parliament to be the right step.

The university registrar, S.P. Singh, who is from a humanities background, differed though.

The Centre recently passed a bill that replaces the collegium system for appointment of judges of higher courts with a six-member committee that would clear names.

Thursday’s seminar was attended by several students keen to hear the legal experts.

Rahul Sinha, a student of the law institute, said: “It was an interesting programme. I was enlightened on the ongoing debate on the appointment of judges to the higher judiciary. More such programmes should be organised.”


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