A three-member collegium headed by the Chief Justice of India has recommended the appointment of a serving judicial officer, a district judge, as a judge of the Delhi High Court, overruling an IB report on the judge’s reputation.
The collegium is said to have informed the Law Ministry that its inquiries did not find anything that might suggest against the elevation of the judge concerned. It also clarified that it did not approve of the IB report nor was it bound by the opinion rendered in such reports.
The IB report had raised questions over the district judge’s reputation. While referring to this IB report, the government had also cited certain clauses of the proposed Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) to oppose the appointment concerned, arguing for the credibility of the institution and public interest.
But the collegium reminded the Ministry that the MoP was yet to be finalised and since the collegium had not approved many of the recommendations by the government, it would not be proper to flag contentious clauses in resisting any appointment.