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RS nomination, Guv’s post don’t befit ex-CJI: Justice UU Lalit

RS nomination, Guv’s post don’t befit ex-CJI: Justice UU Lalit

A Rajya Sabha nomination or a Governor’s posting is not befitting the status of the Chief Justice of India (CJI), the outgoing CJI Uday Umesh Lalit has said. Justice Lalit made it clear that it was his personal view.

However, his comments would revive the debate on Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s nomination to the Upper House of Parliament within six months of his relinquishing the office of the CJI in November 2019.

Talking to  NDTV, Justice Lalit said while he was not averse to the idea of accepting a Government appointment, he would not accept a Rajya Sabha nomination or a Governor’s posting as he believes it’s “not a demotion, but not befitting the status of the Chief Justice of India.”

“To my mind, having held the position as Chief Justice of the country, perhaps, I think the position as a nominee Member of the Rajya Sabha is not the correct idea or as a Governor of a State is again not a correct idea,” he said to a question on judges, like former CJI Ranjan Gogoi, accepting post-retirement Government postings.

“That’s my personal view. I’m not suggesting that those persons are in the wrong,” he added. Justice Lalit mentioned the National Human Rights Commission chief, Lokpal, and Law Commission chief as jobs he wouldn’t mind taking up if asked.

Justice Lalit also defended the existing Collegium route for the appointment of judges and termed  it a “perfectly correct and balanced” way, disagreeing with Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju who recently called the system “opaque”.

“These (“opaque, unaccountable”) are his personal views... It’s a perfectly, correct and balanced way of doing things. It is a system where every viewpoint is considered,” the former CJI said. “The Collegium system is here to stay and it is an established norm where judges choose judges,” he said, adding that the fundamentals of the system can be fine tuned.

 

RS nomination, Guv’s post don’t befit ex-CJI: Justice UU Lalit

RS nomination, Guv’s post don’t befit ex-CJI: Justice UU Lalit

A Rajya Sabha nomination or a Governor’s posting is not befitting the status of the Chief Justice of India (CJI), the outgoing CJI Uday Umesh Lalit has said. Justice Lalit made it clear that it was his personal view.

However, his comments would revive the debate on Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s nomination to the Upper House of Parliament within six months of his relinquishing the office of the CJI in November 2019.

Talking to  NDTV, Justice Lalit said while he was not averse to the idea of accepting a Government appointment, he would not accept a Rajya Sabha nomination or a Governor’s posting as he believes it’s “not a demotion, but not befitting the status of the Chief Justice of India.”

“To my mind, having held the position as Chief Justice of the country, perhaps, I think the position as a nominee Member of the Rajya Sabha is not the correct idea or as a Governor of a State is again not a correct idea,” he said to a question on judges, like former CJI Ranjan Gogoi, accepting post-retirement Government postings.

“That’s my personal view. I’m not suggesting that those persons are in the wrong,” he added. Justice Lalit mentioned the National Human Rights Commission chief, Lokpal, and Law Commission chief as jobs he wouldn’t mind taking up if asked.

Justice Lalit also defended the existing Collegium route for the appointment of judges and termed  it a “perfectly correct and balanced” way, disagreeing with Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju who recently called the system “opaque”.

“These (“opaque, unaccountable”) are his personal views... It’s a perfectly, correct and balanced way of doing things. It is a system where every viewpoint is considered,” the former CJI said. “The Collegium system is here to stay and it is an established norm where judges choose judges,” he said, adding that the fundamentals of the system can be fine tuned.

 

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