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"No Bargaining took place In Collegium, Overlooking Seniority Not Unusual": CJI Gogoi

Team SoOLEGAL 19 Feb 2019 1:57pm

On Monday it was told by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to NDTV "The collegium overlooking seniority is not unusual. It is wrong to say bargaining happens in the Collegium".

This was Chief Justice’s first interview after he was appointed to any news channel, he denied the reports of bargaining in Collegium. "It is totally wrong. My candidate, your candidate - it has never been like that. I came into the collegium in November 2016 and it has never happened. Collegium meetings held in an almost dignified way".

When the Names were withdrawn by Collegium

 "This is not unusual. Only when we send the collegium decision to the government does our decision becomes a resolution and it is uploaded on the website. If we have changed a decision before sending it to the government, it means there are some reasons which I cannot divulge,"

"There are a number of occasions seniority has been overlooked for merit...It is not unusual and it has happened over the years," these lines were said by Justice Gogoi as he was referring to the controversy that happened last month over the dropping the names of Justices Rajendra Menon and Pradeep Nandrajog due for elevation to the Supreme Court and  after the retirement of Justice Madan Lokur when new collegium included two different names.

When Government was Sitting on Names sent by Collegium

The reports of government stalling the appointments of judges were denied by Justice Gogoi.
"No. Not at all. It is rather the other way round. People think it is the government keeping the files. Only 30 proposals for appointment are with the government. Also, the government clears appointments quickly," he further added that around 65 proposals sent back were pending with the Collegium.

"I have told the Prime Minister not to sit on our recommendations...when we send recommendations do not sit over it. If you have any issues send it to us. Recently whatever recommendations sent by us were cleared in just a couple of days,"


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