Indian media: Judicial reforms: 14 August 2014 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india

Indian media: Judicial reforms 

The government says reforms will make judiciary more efficientThe government says reforms will make judiciary more efficient

Media in India are discussing the government’s plan to reform the country’s judicial system by changing the way the judges are appointed.

The lower house of India’s parliament on Wednesday passed a bill to replace decades-old system of appointing judges.

The old method, known as the collegium system, allowed a forum of the chief justice and other top judges to appoint and transfer their colleagues.

The new bill replaces the collegium system with an independent commission.

The bill will become law after it’s passed in the upper house of the parliament and is approved by the president.

Some experts have expressed concern that the law may undermine the independence of the judiciary.

But Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says the proposed law does not impact the judiciary’s independence.

“We are for maintaining the sanctity of the judiciary… We have said that this house respects the independence of the judiciary. That should be assuring,” The New Indian Express quotes him as saying.

The report say the passage of the bill “marked the nascent Narendra Modi government’s opening innings in passing big legislations”.

The “landmark bill” comes amid the “government’s assertion that the measure was aimed at ensuring that only meritorious people are selected as judges to the higher courts”, The Times of India reports.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-28783457

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