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Revisit system of judges appointment, apex court told


New Delhi : The central government Monday asked the Supreme Court to reconsider the system of appointment of judges to higher judiciary as the existing collegium procedure has not delivered on expectations.

The apex court bench of Justice Deepak Verma and Justice B.S. Chauhan referred the matter to Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia to place the central government’s plea before an appropriate bench for consideration.

Attorney General G. Vahanvati told the court that though the central government was contemplating a comprehensive law to deal with judicial appointments, it may take time as it involved amending the constitution.

He asked the court to revisit its 1993 judgment on the appointment of judges. The Supreme Court had taken away all the powers of the government in judicial appointment and placed these with a collegium system, where five senior-most judges of the apex court (i.e. the chief justice and four others) decide on the judicial appointments in the apex and high courts.