The Bar Association of India (BAI) expressed ‘alarm’ at the reported move by the government to bring in a Draft Bill for a Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) without consulting any legal body and urged the government not to rush through the legislation without a debate.
Several eminent lawyers including BAI President Emeritus Fali S Nariman, BAI President Anil B Divan, and Vice Presidents K K Venugopal and Ashok Desai and former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan, in a signed memorandum to Law Minister Ashwini Kumar, said such an important measure should not be rushed through without a ‘robust’ debate and discussion which necessarily involved a reasonable time.
Reports said the government proposed to set up a six-member Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC), headed by the Chief Justice and having Law Minister as a representative of the government, to provide a say to the government in the appointment of judges.
The proposed system, which is likely to be discussed by the Union Cabinet today, will scrap the mechanism of judges appointing judges.
It is seen as an attempt by the government to interfere in the judiciary.