Lawyer's letter highlights 'arbitrariness' of SC collegium

ANI | Updated: Jan 20, 2018 19:13 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan. 20 (ANI): Supreme Court lawyer Sangam Lal Pandey has written a letter to the Supreme Court collegium about the arbitrariness in recommending the appointment of judges in various high courts and the apex court.

A copy of the letter, exclusively accessed by ANI, said, "It seems total arbitrariness on the basis of the likings and dislikings and ignoring the other chief justices of the high courts from their initial date of appointments while recommending the appointment of judges."

The lawyer has mentioned the alleged arbitrariness in the appointment of the then Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice, K. M. Joseph, who was junior to ten other chief justices of their respective high courts.

Pandey has also forwarded the four-page letter written by him to the President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and 20 other judges of the Supreme Court.

Pandey has prayed to the collegium, the body responsible for recommending the appointment of judges in high courts and the apex court, and sought an explanation as to what criteria has been adopted while making the recommendation. (ANI)