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Task cut out for the Supreme Court

So far, the appointment of election commissioners has remained non-controversial

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The has asked the government to fix norms for appointing to ensure independence in conducting free and fair elections.

The dictum of the to evolve a new mechanism bidding adieu to the present system of picking a person of choice of the Union government to the post of gives an unintended impression that polls are not being conducted freely and fairly.

So far, the appointment of has remained non-controversial. The has also acknowledged that all appointments of have been outstanding and those so appointed have been fair and neutral. 

This being so, the has its task cut out to reduce pendency of cases and script a new mechanism to rectify the collegium system to appoint judges. A fresh memorandum of procedure has not yet been finalised and filling of judicial vacancies has remained an unseemly tussle with the Centre. Eighteen months after the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act was struck down by the Supreme Court, an acceptable modus operandi of appointment of judges, both to the Centre and the judiciary, has to be devised.

If the evinces utmost interest in reducing the backlog of cases in its own backyard and in the subordinate courts, the popular saying “justice delayed is justice denied” can become irrelevant sooner than later.

K V Seetharamaiah, Hassan

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First Published: Sun, July 09 2017. 22:56 IST