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Centre MoPs up another plan to needle judiciary, negate collegium


New Delhi, Aug 20: The Union Government wants the names of new judges to be vetted by all judges instead of the appointment process to be overseen just by the collegium. In the Memorandum of Procedure, the government will also propose that an age limit be set for the appointment of new judges both in the high court and Supreme Court.

The Memorandum of Procedure came into existence following a Supreme Court verdict which sought more transparency in the appointment of judges to the higher judiciary.

Appointment of judges have not been stalled, say Law Ministry officials

Centre seeks age limit for new judges

There has been a deadlock over the appointment of judges as the government and the Supreme Court have not agreed upon some points mentioned in the MoP.

Apart from fixing an age limit, the centre also wants Chief Ministers, Advocate and Attorney Generals to have a say in the appointment of new judges. The Supreme Court has however, not agreed to this proposal made by the government.

The law ministry has submitted a draft of the MoP to the Chief Justice of India. The CJI is likely to take a final call on the matter after holding consultations with four senior most judges of the Supreme Court.

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