Overcoming serious differences within the judiciary, as well as with the Centre, the Supreme Court collegium has finalised the memorandum of procedure (MoP) for appointment of judges to constitutional courts, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
The issue had been a bone of contention between the executive and the judiciary for more than a year. There were no other sore points except the national security clause and secretariat in the MoP that required resolution. The collegium, headed by the Chief Justice JS Khehar agreed to the contentious national security clause that the Centre had insisted upon as one of the grounds for determining the eligibility of judges for appointment to the apex court and high courts. The apex court collegium also dropped its reservation about setting up secretariats and unanimously decided to set up secretariats in the apex court and each high court.
The members of the SC collegium held seven meetings and unanimously finalised the MoP after debating each clause and sentence of the new MoP while keeping in view the provisions of the old MoP and the constitution bench judgment of October 2015.