The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on having a mechanism other than collegium to appoint judges to the apex court and high courts. The memorandum of procedure, which governs appointment of judges of the Supreme Court and high courts, was put in place following two apex court judgments in 1990s that established the collegium and ruled in favour of the primacy of the Chief Justice of India in making such appointments. The apex court judiciary and the government have been at loggerheads on the finalisation of the MoP which will deal with the procedures to be followed in the appointment of judges in High Courts and the Supreme Court.
Recently the Supreme Court, while hearing a PIL, had sent out a stern message to the government over non-execution of the collegium’s decision to transfer and appoint Chief Justices and judges in High Courts. Appointment of nearly 25 new judges to various high courts is likely to be cleared this month, sources told PTI that nearly 25 fresh appointments to at least six high courts are based on the recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium made in April-May.