NJAC Revival Will Need Bipartisan Support, Ravi Shankar Prasad Says

Published on 17 Jun 2017 by Team

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday didn’t strike out the possibility of reviving National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC) in future but said it would require bi-partisan support.

The NJAC, which was a proposed body that would have been responsible for the appointment and transfer of judges in the higher judiciary, was enacted by Parliament in 2014. It was declared unconstitutional by a 4:1 majority of the Supreme Court in 2015.

The minister, who was speaking to reporters in New Delhi at an event to announce the achievements of his ministry, said that despite having reservations over the judgement, the government has accepted the apex court’s verdict.

On NJAC, there was 99.99 percent unanimity in Parliament and 50 percent of the states supported the move as well. I cannot comment on what will happen in future. It will require bi-partisan support.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Law Minister

Prasad said the current government has appointed the highest number of appointment to high courts.

‘’During the last three years, 17 judges were appointed in the Supreme Court, and 232 judges were appointed in the high court. Another 224 additional judges in the high court were made permanent. During 2016, 126 fresh appointments were done in the high courts, which is the highest ever in a given year,” said Prasad.

News Source- BloombergQuint


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