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SC clears 'tainted' judges, PMO returns their files

Aug 12, 2007 08:10 AM IST India India

New Delhi: The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for the first time has reacted to the alleged taints in the judiciary. The PMO has returned two files related to appointments of top judges to the Law Ministry for reconsideration to the Supreme Court. The two High Court judges are from Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir. Their appointments had been cleared off by the Supreme Court itself. Reacting for the first time to the alleged taints, the PMO says, “This action has been taken because the PMO is anxious that competent and qualified judges should man the judiciary.” The Prime Minister's reservations come days after the Supreme Court itself had asked the Centre as to how many judges had been appointed after consulting the Supreme Court collegium. But CNN-IBN has now learnt that the PM's concern is just the tip of the iceberg as far as judicial woes go. Law ministry sources have said that there could be at least 10 judges who could have been appointed in the last one year despite adverse IB reports. It’s this data that is likely to be a part of an affidavit prepared by the Centre. “Nepotism and corruption is being promoted,” says SC lawyer, Prahsant Bhushan. But the PM's worries don't end there. A file on the appointment of a judge to the Guwahati High Court has been sent back by the Supreme Court collegium. The PMO had refused to sign this file and sent it back for reconsideration following allegations of an adverse IB report. But the PMO now finds itself between a rock and a hard place because while on the one hand the Supreme Court itself has issued notices to the Centre on how many judges have been appointed without following the law, another SC judgement makes it binding on the PM to sign a file if it is put up before it for the second time.

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