"Collegium is law of the land," the SC informs the Center, "views against it are not very well taken."
New Delhi (The Hawk): The Supreme Court informed the Centre on Thursday that the collegium system is the "law of the nation" and should be followed in the midst of the ongoing conflict between the Center and the judiciary over the issue of judge appointment. Additionally, the Supreme Court stated in response to comments made by government officials about the collegium, "Making comments on the Supreme Court collegium is not very well taken," and instructed Attorney General (AG) R. Venkataramani, who was speaking on behalf of the Centre, "you tell them to control." The AG was informed by a court panel led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and composed of Justices Abhay S. Oka and Vikram Nath that the collegium system will continue to be the rule of the land despite the opinions of some groups within society. The bench further stated that adherence to the ruling by the Supreme Court, which established the collegium system for appointing judges, was required. The AG was told by Justice Kaul, "Should the court stop enforcing these laws because some segments of society disagree with the ones the Parliament has made? ...". The bench continued by stating that there would be a collapse in society if everyone choose which laws to uphold and which laws to disregard. President of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), senior attorney Vikas Singh, referenced recent comments made concerning the collegium system by the vice president and the law minister. Justice Kaul predicted that individuals would claim that the Constitution does not provide basic structure tomorrow. The AG was warned by Justice Nath, "Speaking of speeches, Mr. Singh is making remarks about the Supreme Court collegium, which is not a very smart idea. You must order them to mai ...Continue Reading →