New Delhi: Union Law Minister Kiran Rijiju has written a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice D.O. Chandrachud regarding the appointment of judges.
In it, “Judges have been appointed for the past 25 years through the collegium system created by the Supreme Court. The government wants to promote transparency and accountability in the appointment of High Court and Supreme Court judges. For this, the government recommends the inclusion of government representatives in the collegium committee.
Law Minister Kiran Rijiju, who has given an interview to a news agency regarding this letter, said, “When the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act, it issued an order. It is that the process of collegium needs to be changed. Following the order of the Supreme Court, a letter has been written to the Chief Justice.
A month ago, Kiran Rijiju had openly accused the Collegium system of lacking transparency and accountability. If the government has to accept the names recommended by the collegium, he questioned what role the government has in it. Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar had recently said that the Judiciary should respect the law-making power of the Parliament and that the Judiciary has no power to interfere with it. In this context, it is noteworthy that Kiran Rijiju has written a letter to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.