Judges’ appointment panel priority for govt: Prasad

New Law Minister,  Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Tuesday listed the priority of the new Government.  He said that the establishment of a Judicial Appointments Commission to give the Executive leeway  in appointment to higher judiciary, setting up of the Supreme Court-ordered SIT on black money, and making justice “more accessible to all”  were high on the agenda of the Narendra Modi Government.

Interacting with the media after assuming office, Prasad added that he would also work towards increasing the strength of judges, improving court infrastructure and making India a hub of international arbitration and reconciliation.

It was during the previous NDA regime that an attempt was first made to bring a legislation to replace the collegium system of appointments to higher judiciary. While then law minister Arun Jaitley had introduced a Bill in the Lok Sabha for this purpose, it had lapsed due to dissolution of the House.