Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Judicial appointments: Who said what

A glimpse on the debate around judicial appointments in the last month, reported across newsrooms

New Delhi: The issue of appointments to the higher judiciary—high courts and the Supreme Court—has been sticky to say the least.

On 16 October, the Supreme Court struck down a constitutional amendment proposing a six-member panel to appoint judges.

Nearly a year later, the issue of appointments has hardly settled down.

Here is a glimpse on the debate around judicial appointments in the last month, reported across newsrooms.

12 August: Chief justice of India (CJI) T.S. Thakur observes that the government is stalling judicial appointments, despite names being cleared by the collegium. Reported in Mint

15 August: CJI Thakur expresses disappointment over prime minister failing to talk about judicial appointments in his independence day speech. Reported in Hindustan Times

20 August: Government officials claim that they didn’t stall judicial appointments, that the process went into “deep freeze" during the case in the Supreme Court on the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC). Reported by The Hindu

26 August: The government says it is trying to clear maximum names from the recommendations made by the collegium. Reported by DNA

29 August: Senior lawyer Fali Nariman, who also represented the petitioners in the NJAC case, says that the only constitutional way out of the “stand-off" was for the collegium to exhibit a united front. Column in The Wire

2 September: Apex court judge J. Chelameswar declines to attend collegium meetings and wrote to the CJI to make the process more transparent. Reported by The New Indian Express

3 September: CJI Thakur says he hopes to sort out the problem (with justice Chelameswar). Reported by the Press Trust of India

4 September: SC judge Chelameswar says that he will return to the collegium if there is transparency in collegium meetings for appointing judges. Reported by NDTV

7 September: 25 judges to be appointed by the weekend. Reported by the Press Trust of India

8 September: Chelameswar to not attend any collegium meeting till the end of his tenure as apex court judge. Reported by The New Indian Express

9 September: Activists write to the CJI asking him to bring in more transparency in collegium meetings, saying opacity hurts credibility of the institution. Reported in The Wire

11 September: CJI Thakur says process of appointments should be sped up. Reported by the Press Trust of India