Supreme Court says interference in judicial system 'doesn’t augur well', holds that appointment, transfer of judges pivotal to judiciary's independence

  • The apex court made the observations after it decided to keep the plea of the Gujarat High Court Advocate Association pending

  • The petition had sought a direction to the Centre to implement the recommendations of the Supreme Court's Collegium with regard to transfer of Bombay High Court judge Justice Akil Kureshi

  • The Supreme Court's Collegium is headed by Gogoi

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said that the appointment and transfer of judges are pivotal to the administration of justice and any interference does not augur well for the institution.

 Supreme Court says interference in judicial system doesn’t augur well, holds that appointment, transfer of judges pivotal to judiciarys independence

File image of the Supreme Court. Reuters

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SA Bobde and Justice S Abdul Nazeer also recorded that matters of appointment, posting and transfer of judges is an aspect of independence of the judiciary.

The apex court made the observations after it decided to keep the plea of the Gujarat High Court Advocate Association pending in which it had sought a direction to the Centre to implement the recommendations of the Supreme Court's Collegium with regard to transfer of Bombay High Court judge Justice Akil Kureshi.

The Supreme Court's Collegium headed by Gogoi had earlier recommended to the Centre to appoint Justice Kureshi as the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. Later, it recommended he be appointed as Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court.

"Appointments and transfers go to the root of the administration of justice and where judicial review is severely restricted. Interference in system of administration of justice does not augur well for the institution," it said while keeping the plea of bar body pending.

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Updated Date: Sep 23, 2019 13:50:56 IST