Judges Appointment Bill to Test Modi Government in Rajya Sabha Today

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The Judges Appointment Bill is all set to introduce in Rajya Sabha for final voting. The bill was passed in Lok Sabha yesterday.

The reports say that a Constitution Amendment Bill to facilitate establishment of a Commission to appoint judges to higher judiciary was moved to Rajya Sabha yesterday night for its consideration. RS is likely to pass the Bill today.

The Congress led opposition raised a few objections and suggested for amendments into the bill, which may become a hurdle for Modi government which has only 60 seats out of 250 in the upper house of the Parliament. The support of Congress is must for the bill to be passed in Rajya Sabha which has 69 seats.

This bill will nullify the two-decade old Collegium system of appointment and promotion of judges.

The Congress has also questioned the government’s hurry to pass the bill without proper debate. Sources say back-channel talks are on to get the party on board.

The bill sets up a six-member national panel to select Supreme Court and High Court judges, currently picked by a collegium of five of the country’s senior-most judges. The commission will be headed by the Chief Justice of India and will include two Supreme Court judges, the Union Law Minister and two eminent persons. The Prime Minister, the Leader of Opposition and the Chief Justice of India will select the two eminent members.

Medaram Jathara

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