Appointment of judges: Justice minister says he cannot blindly accept college recommendations

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Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that the government could not turn a blind eye and blindly accept recommendations made by the Supreme Court Collegium for High Court and Supreme Court appointments.

Rijiju said there is always a valid reason for not approving certain names recommended by the Collegium.

College, Monday erased 56 names, including 36 bailiffs and 20 lawyers, for appointment as judges of nine High Courts. The college comprises Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices UU Lalit and AM Khanwilkar.

The current college had created a record by recommending to the Name Center.

Clarifying that the government is not delaying the appointment of judges, the Union Justice Minister assured the Lok Sabha of the government’s “good conscience”, LiveLaw reported.

Responding to a Member of Parliament, he said that if the Union Government believes that certain candidates are not deserving and that he should not be appointed as a judge, then those names are not approved.

He claimed the government had access to mechanisms at their fingertips to review and background check names before approving them.

The Union Law Minister said that the number of pending cases in India is slowly heading towards the 5 crore mark and this is a matter of concern.

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