Judges ap­point­ment big­gest chal­lenge, says CJI-des­ig­nate

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Bhadra Sinha bhadra.sinha@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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