According to Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, the restructuring of the Collegium is a clear response to the Supreme Court’s directive in the NJAC decision

On January 16, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju stated that the government’s request for the participation of its representatives and those of the States in the collegiums of the Supreme Court and High Courts was the “exact follow-up action” recommended by the top court while invalidating the National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC) Act.

The comments were made by Mr. Rijiju in response to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who described the government’s request for the Supreme Court to accept its nominations for collegium as “very dangerous.”

In order to increase transparency and democratic accountability in the selection of judges, the Union Law Minister had written to Chief Justice of India D. Y. Chandrachud and suggested including representatives of the Union and State governments in the collegiums of the Supreme Court and the High Court, respectively.

This news was written by Ms. Pujari Dharani, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.

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