‘After Becoming Judges, They Don’t Have To Face Elections’ Says Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi: Amid the recent row between centre and judiciary over the Collegium system, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said that judges do not have to face elections or public scrutiny.

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  • Kiren Rijiju while speaking at an event said that “After becoming judges, they don’t have to face elections or scrutiny by the public..”
  • He said “.Public is watching the judges, their judgements and the way they deliver justice, and make their assessments,”.
  • He further pointed out that “In this era of social media, nothing can be hidden.”
  • Earlier, the Union Law Minister in a letter written to the Chief Justice of India said that he is not satisfied with the Collegium system of appointing judges.
  • He backed the idea of the reintroduction of the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) for choosing judges.
  • Rijiju’s letter to the CJI pitched for the inclusion of government representatives in the Supreme Court.
  • According to the Centre, this will infuse transparency and accountability to the public in the court’s decision-making process with respect to the appointment of judges.
  • Under the current Collegium System of appointment of judges, the Chief Justice of India along with four senior-most Supreme Court judges recommend appointments and transfers of judges.
  • For the High Court the Collegium is led by the incumbent Chief Justice and the two senior most judges of that court.

(With Agency Inputs)

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