Justice Chelameswar writes to CJI; on govt interference in appointment of judges!!

Supreme Court Collegium for the appointment of judges to high courts

Amid talks of political parties collecting signatures for the impeachment motion of the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justice Jasti Chelameswar is known to have written yet another letter to the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

In the letter, Justice Chelameswar, the number-two judge in Supreme Court pecking order, sought a full court on the judicial side to discuss the matter of government interference in the appointment of judges to high courts.

This has also been reported in certain sections of the media.

Justice Chelameshwar questioned an enquiry initiated by Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari against a district judge P Krishna Bhat recommended twice by the Supreme Court collegium for elevation to the High Court without first referring the matter to the CJI.

It is not yet known if the CJI Dipak Misra has responded to the letter.

In his letter, Justice Chelameswar states that the government has been selective in accepting recommendations of the Supreme Court Collegium for the appointment of judges to high courts.

The letter, apparently, also states that the government chooses to ignore or defer the names it finds uncomfortable as this affects the independence of the judiciary.

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