What next for the government on NJAC?

October 16, 2015 12:57 pm | Updated September 23, 2017 12:50 pm IST - Chennai

The Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act and the 99th Constitution Amendment that provided for such a body. What next for the government, which got the bills passed unanimously in Parliament and obtained the ratification of 20 State legislatures?

It has the following options before it:

1 It can re-enact a fresh amendment to the Constitution and Bill, taking into account the concerns of the Supreme Court, but this is a long and cumbersome process as two-thirds majority is required in both Houses, and the ratification of 50 per cent of the State Assemblies.
2 It can seek review of the verdict, but it will come up before the same Bench.
3 It can once again plead that the entire case be heard before a larger Bench, but this plea has already been rejected.
4 It can participate in the further hearing before the court set to commence on November 3 on strengthening the present collegium system and insist on the executive also having an equal say in judicial appointments.

Surprised by the verdict of the Supreme Court on NJAC. NJAC was completely supported by Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha; it had 100 per cent support of the people: Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda

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