Dear PM Modi, Rajnath Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Sushma Swaraj :-
Initiate Criminal Prosecution of “CJI T.S.Thakur Headed ‘JUDICIAL Layout, Bangalore-2,400 sites of 867 Employee-Cum-CJIs, Lokayuktas & judges”.
In yet another signal to the higher judiciary that it isn’t ready to back down on its assertion for more powers for the executive on the issue of appointments to the high courts and Supreme Court, the Narendra Modi government has asked the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to carry out a “more stringent” background check on all names recommended by the collegium for elevation.
Coming at a time when both the Supreme Court collegium and the Modi government are refusing to yield on many of the contentious issues in the draft Memorandum of Procedure (MoP), which would guide appointments to the higher judiciary, the government’s move could be viewed as strong-arm tactics to get the judiciary to agree to “more transparency” and, possibly, more voice for the government on such appointments.
To begin with, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has been told to scrutinise each name recommended by the collegium “more carefully” so that nobody of questionable integrity is appointed. As part of this exercise, the recommendations made for elevations to the Allahabad High Court, Delhi High Court, Punjab and Haryana High Court and Chennai High Court, among others, are being “scrutinised more carefully”.