The former Acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, K. Narayana Kurup, will inaugurate a national-level seminar on ‘The selection process of judges,’ in the light of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) Bill 2013, at NSS Auditorium here on Saturday.

Senior advocate of the Kerala High Court K. Ramkumar will deliver the keynote address at the session to be organised by the All-India Lawyers Union (AILU).

AILU State vice-president Paripally R. Raveendran told mediapersons here on Wednesday that the apprehensions in the legal fraternity was about Section 4 of the Bill which had provisions to ignore and overlook the seniority of judges while appointing the Chief Justice of India (CJI).

The JAC would consist of six members, three of them from the judiciary. The CJI would be the chairman and the two senior-most judges would be members.

The fourth member would be the Union Law Minister. Two others on the commission would be ‘eminent personalities’ to be selected by a collegium comprising the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, and the CJI.

‘No role for BCI’

Mr. Raveendran said this would result in the executive having more voice in appointing anyone as the CJI as the judicial component in JAC was weak. There was no representation for the Bar Council of India (BCI), he said.

The five-member National Judicial Commission (NJC), mooted by the previous United Progressive Alliance government, was widely acceptable but it was replaced by the JAC Bill.

The NJC had provisions which were transparent. The Chief Justices of various High Courts had the right to name one member to the NJC and the BCI was also represented, he added.

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