SC collegium stands firm on Manjunath's elevation

Turns down centre's suggestion to reconsider the move

deevakar

Deevakar Anand | July 16, 2014



The supreme court (SC) collegium – a panel consisting of senior judges – has put its foot down for appointment of Karnataka high court (HC)  judge KL Manjunath as chief justice of Punjab and Haryana HC, turning down the government’s suggestion to reconsider it.

This comes close on the heels of a face-off between the judiciary and the government over former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium’s candidature for elevation as an SC judge.

The law ministry had sent back justice Manjunath’s recommendation to the collegium after a senior judge wrote adverse note, questioning his elevation.

Though the details of the comments have not been known yet, media reports say the law ministry consulted prime minister Narendra Modi in this matter.

On Tuesday, the collegium, however, did not find any merit in the apprehensions raised by the government and reiterated its recommendation to make him the chief justice of Punjab and Haryana HC.

Going by the rules, the centre is left with no other option but to approve his elevation.

In June, the Modi government had sent back the name of Gopal Subramanium for elevation as an SC judge. Subramanium then withdrew his consent to be a judge and accused the government of “serious constitution aberration” and “orchestrated drama”.

On July 7, chief justice of India (CJI) RM Lodha, at a farewell function for a fellow judge, called the government’s objection to Subramnium’s elevation as judge a unilateral decision on which he was not consulted. In a letter to the law ministry, he made clear his displeasure on the issue asking the government not to indulge in such unilateral acts in future without taking his consent.

Comments

 

Other News

AAI plans development of Lucknow, Deoghar, Rajkot and Allahabad airports

The airports at Lucknow, Deoghar, Rajkot and Allahabad would be spruced up by Airports Authority of India to improve and develop infrastructure to meet growing traffic demands. The authority plans to construct a new integrated passenger terminal building at Chaudhary Charan Singh Internation

Housing for all: A realisable dream

The Indian constitution states that “the state shall strive to promote the welfare of the people, protecting as effectively as it may a social order in which justice, social, economic and political for all.” It is on these basic values that India continues to endeavour to provide its people bas

Why judicial reforms matter

Two path-breaking judgments by the Supreme Court on privacy and triple talaq were a reminder of how much we have begun to rely on the judiciary to make sense of a conflicted world. Seventy years after Independence, India’s judiciary has many accomplishments to its credit. A large judicial infrastruct

Sail supplies 80% steel for Sardar Sarovar project

Maharatna enterprise Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has said that it supplied 80 percent steel required for construction of the Sardar Sarovar Project unveiled by prime minister Narendra Modi.    SAIL supplied around 85,000 tonnes of steel for the entire Sardar

Why university and college teachers are unhappy across the country

College and university teachers all across the country seem too much worried about the policy shift with respect to their pay and regulations from centre to states. Therefore, they may be gearing up for an indefinite movement in the coming days, a situation that was built only during the previous regime of

Sardar Sarovar saga reaches closure, finally

After a long wait of almost half a century, filled with more twists and turns than the river Narmada’s, the Sardar Sarovar project is finally complete.   Prime minister Narendra Modi dedicated the multipurpose project to the nation on Sunday, which also happened to be h



Video

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter