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Plea in Kerala HC against Collegium system of Appointment of Judges [Read Petition]

S.Nikhil Sankar
7 July 2016 6:55 AM GMT
Plea in Kerala HC against Collegium system of Appointment of Judges [Read Petition]
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The Appellant had approached the single bench,seeking an order of ad-interim injunction direction, to refrain from proceeding any further with the selection and appointments of judges to the august office of Supreme Court and Various High Courts by means of the “Collegium System” pending finalization of Memorandum of Procedure (MOP) as envisaged in the judgment of the NJAC case.

In the appeal filed by a moffusil court lawyer,he contended that:- “he bona fide believed that the current collegium system of selection and appointment of judges to the higher judiciary worked out to the great disadvantage of the lawyers practising in the Courts subordinate to the Supreme Court and High Courts”.

 It was further stated:- “Even assuming that the collegium system of selection and appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and high Courts is otherwise ideal, it falls short of being the just and fair system inasmuch as in so far as the lawyers, like the Appellant, who practice in the subordinate Courts, the Chief Justice and senior Judges of the Supreme Court/High Courts, who constitute to be the collegium, ordinarily will have no occasion to assess the competence, performance and talents of the lawyers who practice in the subordinate Courts who are equally competent and talented as lawyers practising exclusively in the higher Courts because the former seldom appear before the superior Courts, with the result that their skill, competence, suitability and desirability to be elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court or High Court are never assessed. The collegium system, an offspring of the judgments in Judges-2 and Judges-3 cases, meant rewriting of the Constitution, though no such jurisdiction is vested in the Supreme Court. Time and experience, the greatest teacher, proved that the collegium system is wholly defective.”

The registry had raised questions on maintainability of the Writ Petition, which was later upheld by the single Judge.Contending that the act of registry cannot lead to judicial interpretation , but mere ministerial function the appellant alleged that the single bench failed to appreciate the questions of law canvassed in the writ petition.

The Appeal which came up for consideration, before Acting Chief Justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Justice P.V. Asha has been adjourned for filing counter by the respondent union of India.

Read the petition here.

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