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For the sake of transparency and law
The Constitution has endowed Judiciary with many important functions and powers especially the one relating to regulation of executive and legislature to stay within the ambit of their powers, thus preventing the executive from violating the Constitution, the laws therein and protecting the fundamental rights of the people of India. It was in performing of this function that the concept of basic structure of the Constitution was laid down. In a country with fulsome corruption and back-scratching, independence of judiciary from executive and legislature is regarded as the cornerstone of the Constitution. It was on this basis that the Supreme Court took over the power to appoint judges from the executive, citing threat to its independence, as the executive often resorted to appointing politically partisan or subservient judges. Since then, a collegium of 4-5 judges decides on appointment of judges for Supreme Court and High court in the country. But again, the collegiums did not lay down a specific criterion for selection of judges and thus, the problem of nepotism and arbitrariness continued. In trying to regain some control over the appointments, the government proposed National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act which was struck down by the Supreme Court citing dilution of independence of judiciary. However, again the Supreme Court did not rise to the occasion to take the opportunity to lay down a system of transparency in selection of judges. On the other hand, it left it to the government to devise a memorandum of procedure for selection of judges which would be approved by the Chief Justice of India. Time has perhaps come for the citizens of the country having immense stake in the proper functioning of judiciary to demand an independent body for fair and transparent selection of judges. This is very important for a democracy to function smoothly and for rule of law to prevail.

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