Collegium system for appointment of judges a black spot on Indian democracy: Kushwaha

NEW DELHI: Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha today said the collegium system for selection of judges of high courts and the Supreme Court lacked transparency and was a “black spot” on Indian democracy, and called for more representation of people belonging to SC, ST, Dalit communities in the higher judiciary.

According to the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, the appointments to the higher judiciary are done in “opaqueness” and not in a democratic manner.

“The gates are closed for ST/ST and Dalits and even meritorious students who are willing to become judges. We want the gates to be opened,” said the leader of the Bihar-based Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), an ally of the BJP.

Launching a campaign on the issue here, he alleged that under the collegium system, people were indulging in nepotism and judges were only concerned about choosing their “successors”. (AGENCIES)