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Govt. notifies NJAC, puts an end to collegium

Acting on its words in the Supreme Court that “the judges’ job is to judge cases and not to appoint their brother judges,” the Union government on Monday notified the National Judicial Appointments Commission law and effectively brought to an end the two-decades-old collegium system of appointing judges.

The notification brings into immediate effect the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act, 2014, and the 99th Constitution Amendment Act.

Now, the political class and civil society have an equal voice, along with the judiciary, in the appointment and transfer of judges in the highest judiciary.

The notification comes hardly 48 hours before a five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court was to hear a batch of petitions challenging the constitutionality of the NJAC law on April 15.

But the notification was made possible by the Supreme Court itself on April 7.

While referring the petitions to a larger Bench, the court had refused to pass a stay order on the law coming into force.

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