Senior Supreme Court judge questions judicial appointments
Justice J Chelameswar a senior sitting judge of the Supreme Court has raised question over lack of transparency in judicial appointments. One of the five judges of the collegium Justice Chelameswar skipped a collegium meeting held this week and wrote a letter to the CJI demanding to record minutes of the confidential meetings held to discuss appointments and transfers of judges, Indian Express has reported.
He has also decided not to attend future meetings of the collegium. Following the letter, a meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday was postponed.
“I have written a letter informing him that I will not be participating in the collegium’s meetings henceforth. The system of selection of judges is not at all transparent. No reason, no opinion is recorded. Just two people decide the names and come back to the meeting and ask for a yes or no. Can a judge of the Supreme Court or high court be selected in such a manner?” he was quoted as saying by Times of India.
Chelameswar was the only member judge who had favoured doing away with the collegium system when a five-judge Constitution Bench, in October 2015, struck down an amendment to validate the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act.