SC dismisses plea against posts for retired judges

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a public interest litigation petition (PIL) which alleged that the offer of jobs to retired judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts affected judicial independence.

A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu refused to entertain the plea by a Bangalore-based Ph.D. scholar, Muhammed Ali, to restrain the government from clearing the names of retired judges “without the consultation and concurrence of the Chief Justice of India or the Chief Justices of the High Courts.”

The petition said this restraint was in compliance with the recommendations contained in the Consultation Paper on Superior Judiciary of September 26, 2001, submitted by the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution to the Union Law and Justice Ministry.

The petition was filed in the backdrop of the appointment of the former Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam as the Governor of Kerala, contending that it was done in a “hasty and ill-advised” manner.

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