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Appointment of Judges to the Supreme Court of IndiaTransparency, Accountability, and Independence$
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Arghya Sengupta and Ritwika Sharma

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199485079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199485079.001.0001

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A Plague on Both Your Houses

A Plague on Both Your Houses

NJAC and the Crisis of Trust

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(p.56) 5 A Plague on Both Your Houses
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Appointment of Judges to the Supreme Court of India
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Pratap Bhanu Mehta

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199485079.003.0005

This essay proceeds with the view that the process of judicial appointments is as much political as it is legal, even though the arguments before the Supreme Court in the NJAC Case constantly treated it as a matter of only constitutional law. This essay argues that it is critical to be cognizant of the political events involving successive governments and Chief Justices wresting the power to appoint judges. It asks why and how the process of deciding upon an acceptable procedure for judicial appointments has become the source of an ongoing confrontation between the executive and the judiciary. It is argued in this essay that while the government and the judiciary might individually be justified in their stance, as a result of this conflict, public credibility of both these institutions has been adversely affected.

Keywords:   judicial appointments, political debate, constitutional law, NJAC Case, National Judicial Appointments Commission, judicial independence

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