Collegium recommends two names for apex court:UPSC
The Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has recommended the names of Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Delhi High Court judge Justice Sanjiv Khanna, for appointment as judges of the apex court.
- The Supreme Court of India’s collegium system, which appoints judges to the nation’s constitutional courts, has its genesis in, and continued basis resting on, three of its own judgments which are collectively known as the Three Judges Cases.
- Article 124 of the Constitution of India describes the process for appointment and removal of judges of the Supreme Court. The currently sanctioned strength of the court is 26 judges (CJI + 25).
- Government of India then passed Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-First Amendment) Bill,2014 to establish a National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC) to replace the Collegium.
- However, a Five Judge Bench of Supreme Court declared NJAC as unconstitutional because of interference from the executive in the judicial appointments. This decision has effectively revived the Collegium system.
- Justice Khanna was appointed as a judge of the Delhi High Court in June 2005 and continue there ever since. The apex court is presently functioning with 26 judges. The sanctioned judicial strength is 31.