The collegium said that it would consider the Intelligence Bureau’s inputs on integrity only if they are corroborated with material evidence.
By making its proceedings public, the collegium has finally realised that it did not need to wait for the Centre to act in order to kick off a reform process.
There are many judicial vacancies in the 24 high courts, with 413 positions out of a total approved strength of 1079 vacant, even as about 30 million cases are pending in the courts.
The Supreme Court collegium had in March rejected nearly every contentious clause that the Centre had insisted upon in appointing judges to the higher courts.
Justice Chelameswar says the practice of not keeping records of collegium meetings hurts the judiciary’s credibility and its relations with the executive.
The finance minister was wrong to say the courts are destroying the edifice of India’s legislatures “step by step, brick by brick.”