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SC declines to hear plea seeking NJAC Act quash

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu said the matter is not urgent and hearing on it will take place in the usual course.

The petition filed in the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the legality and constitutional validity of the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act, 2014 and the Constitution (121st Amendment) Bill, 2014, came barely a week after President Pranab Mukherjee accorded assent to it. The plea by senior advocate Bhim Singh, who is also the chief of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, termed them  illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional.

The plea contended that the new system would result in excessive dominance of the executive in appointment of judges to the higher judiciary and the recommendation of the Chief Justice of India would be relegated to mere suggestion. The plea said the new process was likely to jeopardise the appointment of judges in higher courts resulting in further delay in rendering justice to the common people. Last year, the Parliament passed the National Judicial Appointment Commission Act so that government too may have a say in the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and the High Courts.
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