The Bar Association of Calcutta High Court has written to the Chief Justice of India -NV Ramana about opposing the proposal made by the Supreme Court Bar Association for elevation of lawyers practicing in the top court as High Court judges.
The issue is that, earlier in communication made by the SCBA it is said that the CJI has agreed to the proposal to consider lawyers practicing before the Supreme Court for elevation as judges to High Courts.
The SCBA also claimed that “CJI has agreed to the request made by SCBA and has requested the Chief Justices of the High Courts to consider lawyers practicing in the Supreme Court for elevation to their High Courts”.
The Calcutta Bar Association on this said that such a decision will interfere with the independence and purity of the selection process and militates against the law laid down by the Constitution Benches.
The Calcutta Bar Association said:Each High Court has its own independent selection method upon observance of various factors depending upon the personal assessment of the candidates by the collegiums of the concerned High Courts and it cannot be, in any way, marred by out-sourcing in reference to SCBA constituting a “search committee” for identifying meritorious Supreme Court lawyers.
The Bar Association, therefore, urged the CJI to reject the proposal of SCBA “and be kind enough to follow the age old practice to maintain the sanctity of the institution.”
On Friday the Delhi High Court Bar Association also had written to the CJI opposing the SCBA proposal
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