The Opposition is unlikely to back the government’s move to delink the passage of the constitution amendment bill for changing the existing system of appointing judges with the related legislation which provides details about the proposed judicial appointments commission.
The government had last week introduced the 120th constitution bill along with the judicial appointments commission bill in the Rajya Sabha. The two bills are listed for consideration and passing in the House this week, but could not be taken up on Tuesday.
The government agreed to the BJP and CPI(M)’s stand that the judicial appointments commission bill be referred to a parliamentary standing committee for further scrutiny. The government said the House can pass the constitutional amendment bill which can be sent to state assemblies for ratification till the parliamentary committee examines the other bill.
The two opposition parties are learnt to have told the government that both the legislations to be referred to the parliamentary panel.
They have argued that passing a constitution amendment bill alone would not be advisable since it is likely to paralyse the existing collegium system and till the JAC bill finally becomes a law, the appointments and transfers of judges would be affected.