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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 23, 2013
Brushing aside objections of higher judiciary, the cabinet on Thursday approved a proposal to replace the existing judges’ appointment system with a seven-member panel, majorly comprising of non-judges. Following the cabinet’s move, the UPA government is set to introduce the constitution amendment bill in the Rajya Sabha next week to scrap the two-decade old system of country’s top five judges (Supreme Court collegium) recommending names for appointment of judges for the apex court and high courts.

The law ministry’s bill proposes to set-up a seven-member Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) to be headed by the Chief Justice of India. 

It will have two Supreme Court judges, law minister, two eminent personalities selected by a panel of the Prime Minister, CJI and the leader of the opposition in either House of Parliament, and secretary of the justice department as member secretary.