Not appropriate to react to Katju revelations now, says Congress

The Congress on Monday steered clear of the controversy over former Supreme Court Justice Markandey Katju’s revelations about repeated extensions being given to an additional judge of the Madras High Court, despite the charge that the party gave in to an ally’s demands to save its government. “I do not think it would be appropriate to react unless A, B, C, D clarified their positions ... this is a sensitive matter and the apex court is involved as also the collegium,” said party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi, calling for “utmost restraint.”

While senior advocate Ram Jethmalani said the revelation was an opportunity to re-invigorate the debate on the efficacy of the collegium system, former Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said it reflected a “certain sense of disquiet within the judiciary” about the collegium system. “We were not able to get adequate consensus on the issue of judicial appointments with the BJP and other parties. Even among judges there is a range of opinions. Despite its hiccups, the collegium system is the best we have now,” he said.

Reacting to Mr. Justice Katju’s article, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said it exposed the opacity in the appointment of judges. Critical of the new law under consideration for appointment of judges, the AAP noted that it would only increase the clout of the government and further compromise the process

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