Kiren Rijiju, Union Law Minister

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Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju told the Lok Sabha today that the Union government cannot turn a blind eye and blindly accept the recommendations made by the Supreme Court panel for High Court and Supreme Court appointments.

Essentially, the Union Law Minister was responding to a question raised by an MP as to why the Center does not endorse certain names suggested by the Collegium. Responding to the question, he said that if the Union government believes that some candidates are not deserving and he should not be appointed as a judge, those names are not approved.

Stating that the government doesn’t delay the appointment of judges, the Union Law Minister assured the Lok Sabha of the government’s “good conscience”, pointing out that there is always a valid reason for not approving certain names recommended by the Collegium.

He further stated that the government has access to the machines at hand (while the college does not have access to them) and that the government reviews and conducts background checks on names before approving them.

It may be noted that in 2015, a constitutional panel of the Supreme Court struck down the Ninety-ninth Amendment to the Constitution which introduced the National Judicial Appointments Commission to replace the collegiate system for appointing judges.

By a majority of 4 to 1, the Supreme Court ruled that the supremacy of the judiciary in the appointment of judges is necessary to preserve judicial independence.

Regarding the pending of the case, the Union Law Minister said that the number of pending cases in India is slowly heading towards the 5 crore mark and this is a matter of concern.

However, he added that he did not support criticism and attacks directed at the government, the Ministry of Justice and the courts, by people on social media and television, blaming them for the pending cases. .

The judges work a lot. Do not attack them with swear words. This is not the case, that cases are not settled, but understand that double the number of cases are filed every day. From minor issues to major issues, all cases make it to court” Justice Ministry said Kiren Rijiju.

Sometimes judges decide 200 to 300 cases a day,The Union Law and Justice Minister praised Judge SS Shinde (then a Bombay High Court Judge) who sat from 10.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 10, 2022 and heard over 190 cases .

Union Justice Minister Rijiju also told the Lok Sabha that the government’s view on the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) was clear and reflected the sentiments of the people of the country.

Recently, he had said in the LokSabha that the government has no plans to implement a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country just yet, citing pending Supreme Court petitions on the matter.

It may be noted that today the Lok Sabha passed The Family Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2022. The bill seeks to extend legal coverage to already operational family courts in Himachal Pradesh and Nagaland; & retrospectively validates all actions taken by the governments and family courts of these states.

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