Justice Chelameswar opts out of collegium meeting [Judiciary]
- Justice J Chelameswar, one of the five senior most judges of the Supreme Court, did not take part in Collegium’s meeting to discuss various issues including the Memorandum of Procedure(MoP).
- Justice Chelameswar had written a dissenting verdict with regard to nontransparency in the collegium system of appointment.
- The apex court judiciary and the government have been at loggerheads on the finalisation of the MoP which will deal with the procedures to be followed in the appointment of judges in High Courts and the Supreme Court.
- Recently the Supreme Court, while hearing a PIL, had sent out a stern message to the government over non-execution of the collegium’s decision to transfer and appoint Chief Justices and judges in High Courts.
- It had warned the Centre that the court would not tolerate “logjam in judges’ appointment” and would intervene to “fasten accountability” as the justice delivery system is “collapsing”.
- In his dissenting judgement, which had quashed the NJAC Act and the 99th constitutional amendment, Justice Chelameswar had said that the collegium system of judges’ appointment was “opaque and inaccessible” to the people at large and it needed “transparency”.
- He had said the assumption that “primacy of the judiciary” in the appointment of judges was a basic feature of the Constitution “is empirically flawed.”