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Supreme Court tells its collegium to start appointing judges

Supreme Court tells its collegium to start appointing judges
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The Supreme Court on Thursday asked its collegium to go ahead with the appointment of judges to the High Courts and the apex court which have been put on hold ever since the government notification setting up the NJAC was challenged.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked its collegium to go ahead with the appointment of judges to the High Courts and the apex court which have been put on hold ever since the government notification setting up the NJAC was challenged.

The apex court's constitution bench headed by Justice Jagjit Singh Khehar said the process of appointment of judges by the collegium system may continue. The court on Thursday reserved its order on a host of suggestions both by the government and the petitioners on improving the working of the collegium and making it transparent.

Saying that the arguments on inviting suggestions for improving the working of collegium system have concluded, the constitution bench, while reserving the order, said: "It is needless to mention that the process of appointment of judges by the collegium will continue and shall not be put on hold."

Meanwhile, apparently reflecting the unease over the striking down of the NJAC law, the government bluntly told the Supreme Court that it will not formulate the draft Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) for the revived collegium system "for vetting by judiciary and discussion".

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