Justice Karnan Case Calls For Review Of Selection Process, Say Senior Judges Of Collegium
By Team Legistify / 2017-07-11

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The senior Supreme Court judges, who are members of the five-member Collegium, said it is an “unquestionable need” to review the process to appoint judges to constitutional courts.

The immediate trigger was the contempt proceedings against Justice CS Karnan of the Calcutta High Court, the first time against a serving judge. Justices Jasti Chelameswar and Ranjan Gogoi, among the two senior-most judges on the bench in the case, have also called for an appropriate process to deal with the conduct of judges.

Justice Karnan was sentenced to a six-month jail term after being found guilty of contempt of court. The top court had initiated proceedings over his allegations of corruption against members of the higher judiciary.

Agreeing with the main judgement passed by a seven-judge bench, the two judges said in a separate order that its importance extends beyond the immediate problem. The detailed Supreme Court order was uploaded on the apex court’s website on Wednesday evening.

This case highlights two things, (1) the need to revisit the process of selection and appointment of judges to the constitutional courts, for that matter any member of the judiciary at all levels; and (2) the need to set up appropriate legal regime to deal with situations where the conduct of a Judge of a constitutional court requires corrective measures – other than impeachment – to be taken.
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