Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SC bench decides it can hear NJAC cases

A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice J S Khehar on Wednesday dismissed the 'conflict of interest' objection and declared itself fit to hear petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act.

After a day-long hearing on the 'conflict of interest' objection to Justice Khehar's inclusion on the bench, the court said there was no substance in it. Immediately after repelling the objection, the bench also comprising Justices J Chelameswar, Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and Adarsh K Goel decided to super fast-track the hearing of the matter by fixing a 15-day limit for all counsel to complete their arguments.

Never before has a constitutional issue of such tricky nature - virtually a fight between the judiciary and the government for supremacy in appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and high courts - been allotted a specific number of days.

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