Judges appointment- Centre lobs the ball right back at the Supreme Court

The AG informed the Supreme Court that no proposal regarding the appointment of judges to the High Courts are pending with us.

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New Delhi, Nov 11 The centre today lobbed the ball right back into the court of Supreme Court. We have no file pending with us regarding appointment of judges. What happened to the draft Memorandum of Procedure sent by us, Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi asked a Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India.

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The AG informed the Supreme Court that no proposal regarding the appointment of judges to the High Courts are pending with us. He said that the centre had out of the 77 names proposed by the judges cleared 34. The proposal for the rest of the 43 names were returned to the Supreme Court, the AG also said.

Further the AG reminded the Supreme Court about the Memorandum of Procedure which was prepared to ensure transparency in the appointment of judges. The AG sought to know from the court what steps had been taken by the SC collegium on the same. It is unfortunate that that the Collegium has not responded to the MoP.

The court informed the AG that the collegium would meet on November 15 to discuss the MoP. The matter will has now been adjourned to November 18

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