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Centre refuses to toe SC line on reforms in collegium system for appointment of judges to higher judiciary

There seems to be no end to the standoff between the Centre and the Supreme Court over the reforms in the collegium system of appointment of judges to higher judiciary.

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Updated:November 19, 2015, 12:45 PM IST
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Centre refuses to toe SC line on reforms in collegium system for appointment of judges to higher judiciary
There seems to be no end to the standoff between the Centre and the Supreme Court over the reforms in the collegium system of appointment of judges to higher judiciary.

There seems to be no end to the standoff between the Centre and the Supreme Court over the reforms in the collegium system of appointment of judges to higher judiciary.

Refusing to toe the Supreme Court line, the Centre refused to formulate draft memorandum of procedure to be followed by the collegium for appointment of judges to Supreme Court and High Courts.

The Supreme Court had asked the Centre to formulate memorandum of procedure for the collegium reforms.

The apex court had earlier scrapped the proposed National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, following which the government had made it clear the collegium system of appointments needed a revamp. It had proposed a consultative procedure, intelligence bureau clearance for judges and a full-time secretariat.

This comes almost a fortnight after the Supreme Court said there was no bar on the collegium to go ahead with its work to appoint judges for the higher judiciary, which is plagued with large-scale vacancies.

The indication that it was not interfering with the functioning of the collegium system came while the apex court decided to give nine more days to elicit suggestions to improve the functioning of over two-decade-old controversial system of appointment to bring greater transparency in it.

The top court had also sought suggestions from the public in an attempt to improve the collegium system of judicial appointment.

Those having vast knowledge of Indian judiciary were asked to give in their suggestions by November 13.

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