CJI’s role

The Hindu - - EDITORIAL -

It is dif­fi­cult to share the view of the Bench of the Supreme Court that the Chief Jus­tice of In­dia is by him­self an in­sti­tu­tion in the mat­ter of al­lot­ting cases and con­sti­tut­ing benches. There can­not be an in­sti­tu­tion within an in­sti­tu­tion. If this view was to be ac­cepted, the el­e­ment of ac­count­abil­ity is lost and this goes against the prin­ci­ple of the rule of law and in­sti­tu­tion-build­ing. This is pre­cisely why even the ap­point­ment of judges has not been left to the Chief Jus­tice alone, but to the col­legium, be­cause in a col­lec­tive de­ci­sion-mak­ing process there will be checks and bal­ances.

N.G.R. Prasad,

Ram Sid­dhartha,

Chen­nai

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