Appointment Of Judges: No Consensus Could Be Reached In Supreme Court Collegium Meet

In the meeting of the Supreme Court Collegium held on Wednesday, once again no consensus could be reached on the appointment of judges. 

Now it has been decided that only the new CJI will decide on the appointment of judges in the Supreme Court and in the High Court. 

According to sources, no decision regarding future appointments was taken in today’s meeting. Now on August 26, CJI NV Ramana will retire, Justice UU Lalit will be the next CJI of the country. 

Anyway, CJI NV Ramana has registered his name in history. During his time, 9 judges took oath simultaneously in the Supreme Court. 

For the first time, three women judges took oath together in the Supreme Court. With this, the country will get a woman CJI for the first time in the form of Justice BV Nagarathna. 

About 250 judges were appointed in various High Courts during the tenure of CJI Ramana. 

Law Minister Kiren Rijiju has written to CJI NV Ramana requesting him to recommend the name of his successor. 

The letter dated August 3 was received in the CJI’s office late in the evening. CJI Ramana will soon recommend Justice U U Lalit as his successor.

Usually the meeting of the Supreme Court Collegium does not last long, but on Tuesday from 10.30 am, the lawyers kept waiting, but from court number 1 to 5, they kept on meeting for about a quarter of an hour. 

On Tuesday, the collegium meeting of CJI NV Ramana and Justice UU Lalit, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Sanjay K Kaul and Justice S Abdul Nazeer continued. 

According to sources, no consensus could be reached regarding the appointment of three judges in the Supreme Court and the appointment or transfer of High Court judges. 

The issue is to fill the vacancies of three judges in the Supreme Court due to the retirement of three judges Justice Vineet Saran, Justice LN Rao and Justice AM Khanwilkar. 

The names of some High Court judges were also discussed in the meeting. 

The meeting took place amid an atmosphere of tension when the Law Ministry delayed writing a letter to CJI Ramana to recommend Justice Lalit’s name as the next CJI. 

Traditionally, the ministry writes a month before the retirement of the incumbent CJI, who sends recommendations to the ministry 30 days before his retirement.  

CJI Ramana is retiring on 26 August. Justice Lalit will take oath as the 49th CJI on August 27. His tenure will be only 74 days. 

As CJI, Justice Lalit will head the collegium consisting of Justice Chandrachud, Justice 
Kaul, Justice Nazir and Justice Indira Banerjee. 

With Justice Banerjee retiring on September 23, Justice KM Joseph will enter the collegium. 

Justice Lalit will retire as CJI on November 8. After this, Justice Chandrachud will be appointed as the 50th CJI.

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