No proposal finalised to replace collegium system: govt
Government has not finalised any specific proposal to replace the present collegium system to appoint judges of the supreme court and high courts, the lok sabha was told on Thursday.
In order to formulate a viable proposition to address the issues concerning appointment of judges of the supreme court and high vourts, various options including national judicial commission were examined.
"However, no specific proposal has been finalised," law minister Salman Khurshid said in a written reply.
He said that to ensure greater accountability and transparency in the higher judiciary, the judicial standards and accountability bill, 2010, was introduced in the lok sabha in December, 2010.
The bill incorporates a mechanism for inquiring into complaints against the judges of the supreme court and the high courts, enabling declaration of assets and liabilities of judges and laying down of judicial standards to be followed by members of the higher judiciary.
Incidentally, during the debate on the motion to remove Calcutta high court judge Soumitra Sen in the rajya sabha, most political parties, including BJP, the Left and DMK, today said it was time to change the system of appointment of judges and favoured setting up of a national judicial commission.
Instead of the present practice of a collegium of judges making appointment to higher judiciary, the parties pitched for setting up of a national commission vested with powers to appoint judges.