Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has lauded the Supreme Court’s initiative to make trial court appointments more transparent and appealed to states, opposing the proposed centralised selection mechanism, to reconsider their stand. Mr Prasad, while addressing the Independence Day celebrations organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association, said that the Centre would not “impinge upon the rights of the High courts”.
The Supreme Court had on 4th August indicated that it was inclined to go ahead with a proposal for the central government-funded Centralised Selection Mechanism, (CSM) even if there was no amicable consensus among various high courts and the states.
The apex court is examining a proposal for having singular examination under CSM to select judicial officers, to fill up vacancies in subordinate judiciary, which stands at over 20 per cent of the sanctioned strength.
Mr Prasad also said 75 new appointments were made to various high courts across the nation this year.The Chief Justice J S Khehar informed the gathering that the apex court has decided to upgrade and place on its website all the Supreme Court reports with head-notes. He also asked the lawyers to be honest with their clients.