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SC refers pleas against judges appointment to larger bench

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 April 2015 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, April 7: The Supreme Court on Tuesday referred to the constitution bench the challenge to the validity of the constitution amendment and ebling law to replace the collegium system for the appointment of judges to higher judiciary. An apex court bench of Justice Anil R. Dave, Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Madan B. Lokur said that since they have referred the matter to a larger bench, the question of interim relief too will be decided by it. The tiol Judicial Appointment Commission Act, 2014, was challenged in a batch of petitions including by the Supreme Court Advocate-on-Record Association. Besides contending that the NJAC route for the selection and appointment of judges infringed on the independence of judiciary, the petitioners challenging the NJAC Act, 2014, said it could not have been passed in August 2014 as there was no supporting provision in the constitution. It came into effect only after December 31 assent to the constitutiol amendment by President Prabb Mukherjee. On the other hand, the government contested the maintaibility of the petitions, saying that these were premature and academic as statutory provision to bring in the NJAC has not been notified and operatiolised. (IANS)

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