CJI should be appointed on basis of merit: Katju

Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju has pitched for appointment of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) on the basis of merit and not on the basis of seniority.

He said there was no constitutional provision or statutory rule that only the senior-most judge should be appointed Chief Justice of India and therefore an “outstanding” Chief Justice of a High Court could directly be appointed to the post.

Justice Katju felt the present convention of appointment of the CJI often led to “undesirable results,” causing great harm to the judiciary. In this context, he questioned the integrity of some former CJIs and the issue of mediocrity.

“The Chief Justice of India is head of the judicial family, and an undeserving appointment can cause great harm which may last several years,” Justice Katju said in his blog posting on Sunday.

Justice Katju's suggestion comes ahead of the retirement of the CJI Justice R.M. Lodha on September 27.

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