The Supreme Court Collegium has decided to upload the decisions taken by the apex court on its website. This would include elevation, transfer and confirmation of the judges. In a bid to bring in transparency in its proceedings, the Supreme Court on Friday began uploading the decisions of its Collegium on its website on appointments and transfers in the higher judiciary, reported the Indian Express.
The resolution was adopted on October 3. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Collegium that consisted of five most senior judges of the Supreme Court. The Collegium was headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and has four senior-most judges of the apex court that included – Justices J Chelameswar, Madan B Lokur, Ranjan Gogoi and Kurian Joseph.
An official note stated, “The Collegium has resolved that decisions henceforth taken by the Collegium indicating the reasons shall be put on the website of the Supreme Court, when the recommendation(s) is/are sent to the Government of India, with regard to the cases relating to initial elevation to the High Court Bench, confirmation as permanent Judge(s) of the High Court, elevation to the post of Chief Justice of High Court, transfer of High Court Chief Justices/Judges and elevation to the Supreme Court, because on each occasion the material which is considered by the Collegium is different.” It added: “The Resolution is passed to ensure transparency and yet maintain confidentiality in the Collegium system.”
The move came in the wake of the row over the transfer and subsequent resignation of Justice Jayant Patel of Karnataka High Court, reported the Indian Express. This led to the demands for more transparency in the working of the Collegium system. The resolution, adopted on October 3, said, “The Resolution is passed to ensure transparency and yet maintain confidentiality in the Collegium system.”