Breach of Privilege motion against Union Law Minister over Statement on Judges’ Appointment

Kiren Rijiju law insider in
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Greeva Garg–

A breach of Privilege motion has been moved against the Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, for his statement on the query of Judges’ Appointments. 

The law minister is alleged for ‘deliberately misleading the house’ with his reply.

The motion against the law minister was moved concerning to the raised question by Rajya Sabha MP John Britta of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) earlier for the details of several High Court Judges recommended by the Supreme Court collegium for an appointment during the last one year, and also the number of implementations done so far.

In response to the question, the law minister stated that “The time needed for filling up of vacancies of Judges in the higher judiciary cannot be indicated as it is a continuous, integrated and collaborative process between the Executive and the Judiciary.”

The law minister submitted that “Out of 80 proposals from the collegium, 45 proposals have been notified, for appointments. It was further stated that out of 1908 posts of High Court Judges, the present working strength was 645 with 453 posts lying vacant.”

On deliberate breach of orders of the Apex Court for the completion of the appointment process of mounted High Court Judge vacancies, the Supreme Court has expressed exasperation.

“It is reliably learnt that many proposals reiterated by the collegiums are pending with the Government well beyond the stipulated time frame given by the Hon’ble Supreme Court,” the motion moved by the MP of the upper house states.

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