Judges appointment biggest challenge, says CJI-designate
NEW DELHI: Picking judges for the Supreme Court and high courts would be the biggest challenge for him as the Chief Justice of India, justice TS Thakur said on Wednesday, a day before he takes over as the country’s top judge.
Finding meritorious and worthy candidates for the four positions in the Supreme Court and more than 400 in the high courts was another concern identified by justice Thakur.
“It is not an easy task. The high courts need to start the process in earnest. Those in the decisionmaking process must answer to their conscience and no other considerations,” said justice Thakur, who would be sworn in as the as the country’s 43rd CJI on Thursday morning. He will have a 13-month tenure.
The top court would be closely watched when it gets down to appointing judges, as it recently shot down a law that would have ended 22-year-old opaque collegium system of judges appointing judges.
The enormity of the task can be gauged from the fact that outgoing CJI HL Dattu, who headed the collegium for almost 14 months, could appoint only one judge, as the judiciary and government slugged it out over the national judicial appointments commission act eventually struck down by a constitution bench.
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