Monday, October 19, 2015

Collegium clears 24 judges

After the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) was struck down, the revived collegium headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu cleared the names of 24 additional judges in six high courts for appointment as permanent judges and the Centre played ball by flying the files to Kolkata to get the President's assent.

Scotching apprehension that the Union government may play tough after its decision to bring transparency in appointment of judges through the NJAC was rejected, the law minister promised the CJI that the government would send the files to the President to get his signature.

These 24 additional judges had clearance from the high court collegium concerned for appointment as permanent judges. but their appointment could not be made permanent because the SC collegium was in a limbo owing to a five-judge constitution bench rejecting the constitutional validity of NJAC. The SC bench had extended their additional judgeship by three months which was ending by the end of this month.

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