Replying to a PIL seeking setting up of a public body to ensure fair appointment of judges in courts, Supreme Court said that judges do not need certificates from anybody.
“We don’t need a certificate from anyone on earth,” a bench comprising justices Arun K Mishra and U U Lalit said.
There have been allegations that nepotism is involved when judges in High Courts and Supreme Court are appointed.
PTI reported that the plea was filed by National Lawyers’ Campaign for Judicial Transparency and Reforms which demanded an independent body of executive and judiciary to select Judges to the higher judiciary was needed, as those talented amongst a vast majority of lawyers were never considered by the collegium for selection as Judges.
The bench said the setting up of such a body would amount to amending the Constitution which cannot be done by the apex court.
“We are dismissing it. We see no merit in this petition …Your ideas may be good or bad, we are not commenting. But what all you are asking cannot be done without quashing certain constitutional provisions,” the bench said.
However, the plea said that the selection of kith and kin of serving and former judges and senior advocates as Judges in higher judiciary should and must stop.