With reference to the article ‘Challenge before the SC’ (Nov 14), in past two decades the legislature had been finding a decline in quality of intake leading to increasing judicial interventions. Put under the spotlight now, warts are also seen in the judicial system. Whereas Political parties have an organisation to regulate quality of entrants and an EC for oversight. The judiciary has very little to lean on to ensure that criteria of entry is met at the lower levels. It depends largely on internal checks that could breed coteries within. The mode of appointing higher/apex level of judiciary via the Collegium route might be required but we would need steady hands at the helm till both legislature and judiciary optimise on their intrinsic qualities. The government of the day, that stakes a larger role in the scheme of things, must set its house too in order. The purpose must be to find common cause in the grey areas between the ' pillars of the constitution’ and not in unseemly debates.
— R Narayanan