Congress to examine SC judgement on NJAC Act

New Delhi, Oct. 16 (ANI): The Congress Party on Friday said that it would examine in detail the Supreme Court’s decision to declare the National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC) Act unconstitutional, adding that there is dearth of accountability, transparency and fixation of responsibility in the existing collegiums system.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said independence of judiciary is a key factor of democracy and added that there can never be a compromise on it.

“While Indian National Congress will examine the judgement in detail, consult its legal experts and give a detailed response. INC respects the judgement of the honourable Supreme Court of India,” said Surjewala.

“Having said that, in the existing collegium system, there is dearth of accountability, transparency and fixation of responsibility. The current collegium system is also shrouded in secrecy and is over confidential and opaque. So, elaborate reforms are required,” he added while asserting there is no mechanism currently that exists for addressing the nepotism or complaints of corruption in the higher judiciary.

Surjewala expressed his delight over the fact that the Supreme Court itself has noted these flaws and will be addressing these flaws in the next hearing in November.

The Supreme Court today declared as unconstitutional the NJAC Act, meant to replace the two-decade old collegium system of appointing judges in higher judiciary.

The apex court rejected the Centre’s plea that the petition challenging the NJAC Act be referred to a larger bench.

The apex court has fixed November 3 to hold further hearing on the issue of improving the collegium system of appointment of judges.

Earlier, a five-judge bench headed by Justice J S Khehar had reserved its judgement on July 15 after a marathon hearing for 31 days on the issue of validity of the 99th Constitutional amendment and the NJAC Act. (ANI)

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