07 October 2017

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Supreme Court makes Judicial Appointments Transparent

Supreme Court of India  makes Judicial Appointments Transparent

To make Indian Judicial system robust, transparent and accountable Supreme Court Collegium comprising of top five judges has decided to put the reasons for the appointment and rejection of judges online.

The Supreme Court Collegium is headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph.

To begin with this practice, the SC has posted online reasons for its recommendations for judicial appointments to the Madras HC and the Kerala HC.

The decision was taken on October 3, when the Collegium also posted details about the recommendations for judicial appointments. The Collegium is posting the details under the 'Collegium Resolutions' section on the website.

In the first uploaded resolution, information has been provided about appointment of three Judicial Officers and one Judicial Member of Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) as Judge of the Madras High Court.

The judicial officers are –
1-S Ramathilagam who is currently Chief Judge at Puducherry,
2-R Tharani, Principal District Judge at Madurai,
3-P Rajamanickam who is Registrar (Judicial) Principal Bench of Madras HC
4-Vasudevan V Nadathur who is Judicial Member at ITAT Kolkata.

The second resolution talks about the proposal for appointment of six Judicial Officers as Judges of the Madras High Court.

The six judicial officers are –
1-B Sarodjiny Devy, who is Principal District Judge at Villipuram,
2-T Krishnavalli who is Chairman, Permanent Lok Adalat at Madurai,
3-Zakir Hussain presently Additional Chief MM at Egmore in Chennai,
4-R Pongiappan, Principal District Judge at Coimbatore,
5-R Hemalatha, District Judge at Karur
6-K Arul, District Judge, Additional Director, Tamil Nadu State Judicial Academy and Officer on Special Duty at Madras High Court.

"The above recommendation made by the then Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, in consultation with his two senior-most colleagues, on December 16, 2016 has the concurrence of the Chief Minister and the Governor of the State of Tamil Nadu," the resolution said.

The other resolution gives details about elevation of three Judicial Officers as Kerala High Court judges. The above recommendation made by the then Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court on February 2, 2017 in consultation with his two senior-most colleagues, has the concurrence of the Chief Minister and the Governor of the State of Kerala.

The three judicial officers are—
1-Ashok Menon, Registrar General of Kerala High Court,
2-Annie John who was District Judge in Thrissur
3- Narayana Pisharadi R who is Registrar (Vigilance) in Kerala High Court.

"In order to ascertain suitability of the above-named recommendees for elevation to the High Court, we have consulted our colleagues who are conversant with the affairs of the Kerala High Court...," the resolution said.

The resolution passed by the Collegium says:

"That the decisions henceforth taken by the Collegium indicating the reasons shall be put on the website of the Supreme Court, when the recommendation(s) is/are sent to the Government of India, with regard to the cases relating to initial elevation to the High Court Bench, confirmation as permanent Judge(s) of the High Court, elevation to the post of Chief Justice of High Court, transfer of High Court Chief Justices / Judges and elevation to the Supreme Court, because on each occasion the material which is considered by the Collegium is different. The Resolution is passed to ensure transparency and yet maintain confidentiality in the Collegium system."

Collegium System of Judges appointment procedure is best but can be improved because of this procedure until now Supreme Court Judges were lions and today also they are like lions protecting Indian citizens from corrupt people  but our political class now and then tries to make Supreme Judges behave like Parrots same as CBI or other government organizations like RBI.

Whenever anyone says that let the Supreme Court Judges monitor the investigation it automatically proves that Collegium system of Judges appointment is best

Only a corrupt man or who wants to control Supreme Court of India will demand the cancellation of Collegium system of Judges appointment.

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