Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju has written to Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud suggesting the inclusion of a government nominee in the process of making appointments to the higher judiciary, The Indian Express reported on Monday.
His proposal came amid a tussle between the Centre and the judiciary on the process of making judicial appointments in the country.
The law minister has suggested including a representative of the Centre in the process of appointing Supreme Court judges, and a nominee of the concerned state government in the process of appointing High Court judges, according to The Times of India.
In his letter, Rijiju said that an updated Memorandum of Procedure on the appointment of judges was still “pending finalisation” and gave suggestions on how the process could be streamlined.
The law minister noted that a Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, while striking down the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act in 2014, had called for restructuring the Memorandum of Procedure, ANI reported.
The National Judicial Appointments Commission had been introduced by the Narendra Modi government soon after coming to power in 2014 to replace the collegium system. The government had proposed to make judicial appointments through a body comprising of the chief justice, two senior Supreme Court judges, the law minister and two other eminent persons nominated by the chief…