Supreme Court’s landmark move: SC collegium decisions to go public on its website to ensure transparency

A joint decision taken by the five most senior judges of the Supreme Court of India, led by Chief Justice, in regard to the collegium’s decision to go public to ensure transparency has been announced.

The landmark move to go public with its decisions, “indicating the reasons”, was taken at a meeting of the Collegium, comprising the five most senior judges of the Supreme Court of India, on October 3. At the meeting with Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, Chief Justice of India

It was proposed by Dipak Misra to take a “decision on uploading of Collegium’s resolutions with stating the reasons, on each candidate, for elevation as Judge of High Court, Chief Justice of High Court or as Judge of SC or transfer on the Supreme Court’s official website in order to ensure transparency of Collegium system”.

Discussions were held on the matter and consented by the Collegium. “The Collegium has resolved that decisions henceforth taken by the Collegium indicating the reasons shall be put on Supreme Court of India’s website, when the recommendation(s) is/are sent to the Government of India, with regard to the cases relating to initial elevation to the High Court Bench, confirmation as permanent Judge(s) of the High Court, elevation to the post of Chief Justice of High Court, transfer of High Court Chief Justices/Judges and elevation to the Supreme Court, because on each occasion the material which is considered by the Collegium is different,” an official note stated. It added: “The Resolution is passed to ensure transparency and yet maintain confidentiality in the Collegium system.”

 

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