Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Is there no definite criteria in the appointments of SC and HC judges?


Justice Rangnath Pandey, the Allahabad High Court Justice and former Principal Secretary, has made serious allegations questioning the appointments of judges in the High Court and the Supreme Court.

Justice Rangnath Pandey, in a letter to the Prime Minister, said that there are no definite criteria in the appointments of judges to the High Court and the Supreme Court. The prevailing criterion is only nepotism and racism.

In a letter to the PM, Justice Ranganath Pandey wrote that the judiciary is unfortunately plagued by dynasticism and casteism. Here, the family member of the judges becomes the next judge.

The political worker is evaluated by the public in elections based on his work.The administrative officer has to stand the test of competitive examinations in order to join service. Judges of subordinate courts also have the opportunity to be selected by proving merit in competitive examinations, but we have no criteria for appointment of High Court and Supreme Court judges.

He writes that 34 years of service has often had the opportunity to meet High Court and Supreme Court judges. They didn't even have general legal knowledge.

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