The Centre will not introduce a bill for appointment of judges in higher judiciary in the current session of Parliament as it wants consultations with all political parties to build a consensus on the issue.
Law ministry officials said the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill will be finalised only after consultation with the parties.
No data has been finalised for the consultation which is likely to happen after the Parliament session ends next week.
A senior government official said law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was keen to hold the consultations before finalising the draft so avoid any hiccups in its passage in Parliament.
The ministry wants to introduce the bill that aims to set up a seven-member judicial appointment commission to replace the collegium in the winter session.
The commission would include three to four judges, two jurists to be nominated by the president and the law minister as members.