Govt writes to CJI, wants its representatives on Supreme Court collegium

NEW DELHI: After slinging opaqueness charges at the existing judges-selecting-judges mechanism, the Centre has written to CJI D Y Chandrachud suggesting inclusion of government

representatives in the 25-year-old Supreme Court-created two-tiered collegiums for infusion of transparency and public accountability into the selection process of constitutional

court judges. Law minister Kiren Rijiju's letter to the CJI is the latest in the series of criticism by constitutional authorities, including the Vice-President and Lok

Sabha Speaker, who have also accused the SC of often encroaching into the domain of the legislature. A month and a half after publicly stating that the collegium system

lacked transparency and accountability, the minister has suggested inclusion of the government's representatives in the SC collegium and concerned state government's

representatives in the HC collegium to dispel a notion that opaqueness shrouds the process for selection of constitutional court judges. The letter's thrust is in sync with

the thinking in the top circles of the government which believed in a decade-old statement of widely-respected Justice Ruma Pal. On November 10, 2011, the former SC judge had

said, "As I have said elsewhere, the process by which a judge is appointed to a superior court is one of the best kept secrets in this country."