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Ex-CJI RM Lodha warns, weighs in over collegium: Justice Chelameswar has a point

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September 4, 2016

Even as Chief Justice of India T S Thakur on Saturday said that differences among the judges over the collegium’s procedure would be sorted out, former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha maintained that Justice J Chelameswar “has a point” when he asks the collegium to record minutes of the confidential meetings and underlined that the time has come for the judiciary to be “more transparent”.

Justice Lodha, who headed the collegium as CJI in 2014, said it was “not a good sign” that differences within the collegium — that comprises the five most senior judges who take calls on appointments and transfers of judges — have come out in the open.

Accepting that this might influence the process of finalising the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) where the government and the judiciary are at loggerheads over reforms in the collegium, he warned that “people” might take advantage of this controversy and, hence, it would be in the best interest of the institution that all judges put their heads together and find a solution.

Read more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/ex-cji-rm-lodha-collegium-justice-chelameswar-has-a-point-3012368/