"With the growing clout of regional parties and the increasing dependence of central governments on them, there is apprehension of the proposed system falling prey to undue political interference in the process of appointments," said a source in the higher judiciary.
The judiciary is of the opinion the government will find it "extremely difficult" to decide the composition of the proposed NJAC, since its supporting parties may not accept any new panel.
The current draft bill to amend the constitution for replacing the existing collegium system proposes a six-member NJAC to be headed by the Chief Justice of India. The law minister, leader of the Opposition in one of the Houses of Parliament, two senior SC judges and a jurist to be nominated by the President, will be its members.
Successive CJIs, including the incumbent, justice P Sathasivam have bluntly rejected the proposal to scrap the collegium system, maintaining that it is working well.