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CJI did not consult collegium in 351 judges' appointment: Govt

delhi Updated: Dec 15, 2008 20:38 IST

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The Chief Justice of India did not consult the collegium while recommending the names of 351 additional judges for being made permanent, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday.

Law minister H R Bhardwaj said in a written reply that these appointments were made between January 1, 1999 to July 31, 2007.

He said on March 3, the apex court directed the Union of India to bring on record the memorandum of procedure for appointment of permanent judges and the government had complied with the direction. The matter has now been heard and the judgment is reserved.

Replying to other questions, the minister said there is no proposal to change the present system of appointment of judges in the higher judiciary, though suggestions have been received from various quarters to make changes in the present procedure.

The government has proposed a revision in the salaries and allowances of Supreme Court and High Court judges and for improvement of retiral benefits of former judges, the Minister said, adding that the government orders on the issue will be issued after effecting amendments in the relevant legislation.

On a question related to a proposal to set up a panel to make appointments and to deal with errant judges, the minister told the House that the Judges (Inquiry) Bill 2006 aimed at setting up a National Judicial Council to examine complaints against judges was introduced earlier.

The Bill was examined by the department related parliamentary standing committee and its report was examined in the department. It has now been decided to withdraw this Bill of 2006 and introduce another Bill titled -- Judges (Inquiry) Amendment Bill 2008, the minister said.