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Judiciary, not IB best judge of professional competence

By Vicky

The judiciary and not the Intelligence Bureau is the best judge of professional competence, the Supreme Court Collegium has said. While appointing judges to the higher judiciary, professional competence is best judged by the judiciary and not the comments made by the IB, the Collegium also said.

Judiciary, not IB best judge of professional competence

As regards comments of Intelligence Bureau about his professional competence, we are of the view that professional competence can best be determined by the members of the higher judiciary who have the opportunity to observe his performance on a daily basis," said the Collegium comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar and Ranjan Gogoi, while agreeing to appoint Advocate Rajesh Kumar as a Judge of the Jharkhand High Court.

"As regards comments touching upon his integrity, the same are qualified by the IB's own statement that 'there is nothing on record'. In our view, it would not be appropriate to take cognizance of any unsubstantiated information based on discreet inquiries made by the IB," said the Collegium.

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