The central government appoints the Chief Justice of India based on seniority. But this convention was breached two times (in 1973 and 1977) when senior judges were bypassed and pliable junior judges were appointed to the office of the CJI by the Indira Gandhi government.
The NDA has declared Jagdeep Dhankhar as its candidate for the office of vice-president, the second highest constitutional office in the country. If elected, he will be the first farmer’s son elected to this august office.
On July 18 this year, elected members of the state legislative assemblies and Parliament will vote to elect the 15th president of India. The Election Commission of India conducts the elections for the office of the president of India, the highest constitutional functionary in the country.
The time has come when the Supreme Court collegium should be replaced by the NJAC comprising the members of the judiciary, the legislature and the executive who can select the best legal brains for judicial appointments. The observations by a former president on this issue are noteworthy
In order to reduce undertrials in jail, the prime minister has suggested that district-level panels headed by district judges consider their bails. Courts should presume an accused innocent till he is proved guilty.
Justice DY Chandrachud said that technology can be used to end the feudal structure in the judiciary. All judges are equal and the Constitution should be amended and “subordinate courts” renamed as “district judiciary”.
Expressing concern over the falling credibility of investigative agencies, CJI NV Ramana stressed the need to set up an independent institution under which they can function and reclaim legitimacy and public trust.