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“Anything that is foreign to the Constitution just because of the decision made by the courts or certain judges, how do you expect the decision to be supported by the country,” he asked.

Union Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday launched a fresh attack on the appointment mechanism of Supreme Court and High Court judges, saying the collegiate system is “alien” to the Constitution.

The Supreme Court in its wisdom, by a court decision, created a college, he said noting that before 1991 all judges were appointed by the government.

The minister said the Constitution of India is a “religious document” for everyone, especially the government.

“Anything that is foreign to the Constitution just because of the decision made by the courts or certain judges, how do you expect the decision to be supported by the country,” he asked.

Rijiju said the college system is alien to our Constitution. “You will tell me under what provision the collegiate system was prescribed,” he asked.

He explained that once the Supreme Court or a college of the high court sends a recommendation, the government must do due diligence.

Rijiju was responding to a question about the government “sitting” on various recommendations from the Supreme Court panel at a time when cases are piling up in the courts.

But at the same time, the Minister said that the government of the day in 1991 and the current regime “respect the collegiate system very well until it is replaced by a better system”.

He said he would not get into the debate about what that system should be. “It needs a better platform or a better situation.” Nearly unanimously, Parliament passed the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act to overturn the college system. But the law was struck down by the Supreme Court.

Rijiju said that as long as the collegiate system prevails, he must respect the system. “But if you think they should just sign (on) the name to be appointed as a judge just because it’s recommended by the college, then what is the role of government? What does the word due diligence mean,” he said. he explains.

He said there were flaws in the college system and “people are raising their voices” that the system is not transparent. “Also, there is no accountability,” he added. He said that we should never say that the government is sitting on files.

So don’t send the files to the government. You name yourself and you run the show… the system doesn’t work. The executive and the judiciary will have to work together.

Before describing the collegiate system as unconstitutional, Rijiju said every judge is wrong. “But every judgment is correct and just because it is a judicial decision. In a democratic process, no one can disrespect the judiciary and no one can disobey a court order,” he said. he declared.


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