Union govt-SC collegium tussle: Appointment of Kerala advocates to be discussed in next meeting

B Balagopal / Mathrubhumi News

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court collegium will discuss the union government’s refusal to accept the recommendation to appoint two Kerala advocates as High Court judges of the state, in the next meeting.

In September 2021, the collegium had recommended the names of advocates Aravind Kumar Babu and KA Sanjitha to be appointed as Kerala High Court Judges. But union government returned it. The collegium meeting held in November 2021, again decided to press the recommendation. However, the government returned it a year later. The matter has become a topic of discussion in the collegium, sources told Mathrubhumi News.

Meanwhile, Supreme Court recently remarked it is a "matter of concern" that the government is sending back the names recommended by the Collegium.

The apex court observed that nothing prevents the legislature from bringing in a better system for appointment of judges to constitutional courts but till the time the law holds it must be implemented.

Similarly, Supreme Court collegium has now written a letter to the law ministry to flag the precedent of government sending back names reiterated by it. The collegium citing 1992 judgement has pointed out that the union government is supposed to abide by the recommendation on judicial appointment if the former reiterates its decision.

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