Supreme Court on Friday partially heard a suo moto Public Interest Litigation on centralised selection mechanism for lower judiciary.
The bench hearing the case comprises CJI JS Khehar, Justice AK Goel and Justice AM Khanwilkar.
West Bengal pleaded exemption from the scheme proposed by amicus curiae Arvind Datar by way of a concept note.
Senior advocates Rakesh Dwivedi and Jaideep Gupta appeared and opposed the centralised selection mechanism for lower judiciary on behalf of West Bengal and the High Court of Calcutta.
The high courts of Calcutta, Chhattisgarh, Sikkim, Assam, J&K, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh & Telangana are also opposing the centralised selection mechanism for lower judiciary on various grounds, including reservation, preservation of language, and preservation of power of the State to make appointment and choose appointment process as provided in the Constitution of India etc.
Highlights of the argument made by senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi on behalf of West Bengal are:
The gist of senior advocate Jaideep Gupta is as follows: The arguments were twofold: (a) Federalism and (b) Independence of state judiciary.
The case is in the category of ‘part heard’ and further will be held at 2 pm on Monday.