Ravi Shankar Prasad May Meet Chief Justice To Discuss Government-Judiciary Differences
New Delhi: Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is likely to meet Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra later this month amid growing differences between the government and the judiciary over a host of issues.
Sources in the government said the Department of Justice in the law ministry has prepared a note for the minister on pending issues to be raised at the proposed meeting.
A law ministry official said the two can meet to discuss various issues and that the meeting should not be hyped. “There are various channels for them to communicate. If there is a meeting, there is nothing unusual about it, ” said the official.
The elevation of justice K M Joseph and senior Supreme Court lawyer Indu Malhotra to the top court bench, the controversy surrounding alleged sexual harassment charge against a Karnataka district judge recommended for elevation to high court are some of the issues which may come up at the meeting.
The date of the proposed meeting was not immediately known.
The delay in finalising the Memorandum of Procedure, which guides transfer and elevation of High Court and Supreme Court judges, may also come up for discussion.
The proposed meeting assumes significance as two senior judges of the apex court, justices J Chelameswar and Kurian Joseph, have flagged issues to suggest that the executive was constantly overruling the recommendations of the judiciary.They had raised the issues in their respective letters to the Chief Justice and other judges of the top court.
Irked over the government’s delay in clearing the Collegium’s recommendation to elevate a judge and a senior woman advocate to the apex court, Justice Kurian Joseph wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of India contending the “very life and existence” of the institution was “under threat” and a “surgical intervention” was required.
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