The government seems to be upping the ante in its bid to make itself a participant in the judges’ appointment process. Recently, the Union law minister had suggested that collegium accommodate few of government nominees. The constant comments, suggestions and criticisms against the collegium system has taken the shape of power politics. Eminent law scholar Prof Upendra Baxi spoke to India Legal and explained the chess game of constitutional politics and power.
As pressure bears on the judiciary for its constitutional verdicts and collegium system, Justice VS Sirpurkar, a former SC judge, says that democracy is not in danger as the constitutional bedrock is strong. He spoke to India Legal on Constitution, collegium and judges’ appointments.
Demands by the government for changes in the judges’ appointment process and in the collegium system have led to strained relations with the judiciary. As the head of the Constitution Review Commission, former CJI Justice MN Venkatachaliah had suggested measures for promotion of judicial accountability and judicial culture. In the light of the current standoff, Justice Venkatachaliah spoke with India Legal on the underlying issues.
The government is leaving no stone unturned to persuade the judiciary to adopt the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) type of system. Will the judiciary acquiesce? How valid are allegations of secrecy in the collegium functioning? Former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan spoke to India Legal on these issues.
As the judges’ appointment issue threatens to snowball into a major controversy, Sanjay Raman Sinha spoke to two former chief justices of India to gauge their views on the collegium and the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC).
Kerala Rajya Sabha MP John Brittas spoke to Sanjay Raman Sinha on his private member's bill, Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2022, which proposes to bring about transparency in the appointment of Election Commissioners.
Former chief justice of India and sixth chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission Justice KG Balakrishnan is known for his significant initiatives at the grassroots level. In an interview with India Legal, he makes a case for more effective state commissions.
As India celebrated National Human Rights Day on December 10, the spectre of human rights violations raised concerns. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairperson JUSTICE ARUN MISHRA spoke to SANJAY RAMAN SINHA in an exclusive interview and said he would never want the NHRC to have more powers as most of its recommendations are accepted