While speaking at the India Today Conclave, 2023, the CJI said the judiciary has to be protected from outside influences if it has to be independent. Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud said that not every system is perfect but this is the best system available for the appointment of judges while defending the Collegium system of judges appointing judges, a major bone of contention between the government and judiciary.
"Not every system is perfect but this is the best system we have developed. But the object was to protect the independence of the judiciary, which is a cardinal value. We have to insulate the judiciary from outside influences if the judiciary has to be independent," Chandrachud said.
The CJI responded to Law Minister Kiren Rijiju voicing displeasure over the Supreme Court Collegium revealing the government's reasons for not approving the names recommended by it for appointment as judges of constitutional courts.
"What is wrong about having a difference in perception? But, I have to deal with such differences with a sense of robust constitutional statesmanship. I do not want to join issues with the law minister, we are bound to have differences of perceptions," the CJI said.
Rijiju has been quite vocal against the Collegium system and once even called it "alien to our Constitution".
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