Supreme Court holds legislative debate on NJAC Is SC competent to improve collegium?

 A Division Bench of five judges of the Supreme Court presided over by Justice S. Jagdish Singh Khehar today allowed most of the senior advocates to initiate a debate on the appointment of judges to the higher judiciary. Several senior lawyers dealt with subjects like transparency, criteria/eligibility, conduct/ role of the collegium etc. It appears from over one hour discussion in the Supreme Court that the bench and the bar i.e. the judges as well as lawyers were trying to swim in the frozen waters. There was more confusion than the light as the discussion remained inclusive.
          Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate and Executive Chairman of the State Legal Aid Committee who is one of the petitioners in a NJAC case before the Supreme Court said that the Supreme Court cannot enter the arena meant for the Parliament. The Supreme Court has given its judgment in over 1000 pages which shall go down in the history of the court as a unique judgment to uphold the independence of judiciary. No doubt the Supreme Court has invited suggestions from the lawyers and others for updating the collegium system which was held valid by nine judges bench of the Supreme Court. Certainly collegium system needs improvement, additions, substractions and introduction of transparency in the selection of the judges of the High Court and the Supreme Court. There must have been hundreds of suggestions and each suggestion needs careful review. The important discussion in the court today focused on transparency in the system for selecting the judges, the criteria/eligibility of the candidates to be the next judges and the  constitution of the collegium system.
          Prof.Bhim Singh said that the exercise undertaken by the Supreme Court deserves attention of the Parliament of India as well as the legal fraternity whether the initiative taken by the Supreme Court falls within the competence of the judiciary? In his judgment, Prof.Bhim Singh feels that the Supreme Court after deciding a matter and delivering its judgment should leave the space open for the consideration of the Parliament. He said it is Parliament alone which is competent to consider whether there should be a secretariat for the collegium or there is requirement of permanent members of the secretariat? Who shall be these members and functionaries? What is the criteria/eligibility of a person to be considered for the post of a judge in a High Court or in the Supreme Court? All these issues need to be debated in the Parliament and settled by the Parliament. It is Parliament alone which is competent to legislate in respect of terms and conditions of the collegium and the powers to be vested in it. 
          Prof.Bhim Singh expressed surprise on the silence of the Ministry of Law to take up these issues actively, effectively and with farsightedness in the interest of the independence of the judiciary which is essential for preserving democracy and rule of law.

NPP rejects Div. Com. inquiry commission Demands judicial inquiry into killing of Jammu youth

Shri Balwant Singh Mankotia, PresidentJKNPP rejected the government offer to hold an inquiry by the Divisional Commissioner saying that the people don’t want and inquiry by a public servant. It must be held by high power judicial committee headed by a sitting judge of the High Court so that truth is known to everybody about the conspiracy and killing of young S. Jagjeet Singh yesterday in police firing. He accused the state government for trying to play hide and seek with the people of Jammu by holding so-called inquiry by a government servant.

Shri Mankotia said that the Panthers Party has very clear stand which was mentioned in the statement issued yesterday by party leadership that inquiry must be held by a senior judge and it must be a judicial inquiry. He said that removal of a police officer or FIR against a SPO shows that government wants to keep a lid on the entire conspiracy and plot to create tension in Jammu so that the real issues involved like AIIMS, Tawi Lake, delimitation, 15 lac refugees and migrants gets shadowed under the clouds of artificial anarchy created by the administration. He also congratulated the people of Jammu and particularly the youth for maintain unity among the people.

Shri Mankotia also appealed to all political, social groups and NGOs to work jointly to maintain communal harmony so that the conspirators who intend to disturb peace in Jammu are exposed before the people. He also blamed the government for its total failure to control the situation which could have been easily avoided.

Shri Mankotia attended the funeral ceremony of S. Gurjeet Singh at R.S. Pura.

NPP condemned killing of youth in Jammu, Demands judicial probe & action against the killers

Prof.Bhim Singh, Member of NIC, Shri Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman-JKNPP and Shri Balwant Singh Mankotia, President-JKNPP condemned brutal killing of young man, S. Jagjeet Singh in Jammu yesterday while the people were protesting against police. The NPP leaders demanded high power judicial inquiry and a compensation of Rs.1 crore to the family of the deceased young man who has been killed ruthlessly in the day light and public while exercising his right to protest. Right to protest, express views and right to speech is fundamental right of every citizen and its denial is an offence.

          The NPP leaders accused PDP-BJP government for creating such a situation in the peace-loving city of temples by such dastardly acts to divert the attention of the citizens in Jammu from the real issues and upper most is the AIIMS. The NPP leaders said that the latest bandh observed in Jammu in one voice and unity demonstrated by the residents of Jammu Pradesh had shaken the coalition government. This outrageous act of gunning down a young man was aimed to create tension and disturbed harmony.

          They said that the law of the land does not authorize anybody, even the kings and monarchs to kill any person. There is law of the land to deal with any situation or with any offence committed by any person or persons.    

          The NPP leaders made an appeal to the people of Jammu from all walks of life to keep their centuries’ old tradition of communal harmony which has been a cultural entity of the people of Jammu.

NPP condemned killing of youth in Jammu, Demands judicial probe & action against the killers

Prof.Bhim Singh, Member of NIC, Shri Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman-JKNPP and Shri Balwant Singh Mankotia, President-JKNPP condemned brutal killing of young man, S. Jagjeet Singh in Jammu yesterday while the people were protesting against police. The NPP leaders demanded high power judicial inquiry and a compensation of Rs.1 crore to the family of the deceased young man who has been killed ruthlessly in the day light and public while exercising his right to protest. Right to protest, express views and right to speech is fundamental right of every citizen and its denial is an offence.

The NPP leaders accused PDP-BJP government for creating such a situation in the peace-loving city of temples by such dastardly acts to divert the attention of the citizens in Jammu from the real issues and upper most is the AIIMS. The NPP leaders said that the latest bandh observed in Jammu in one voice and unity demonstrated by the residents of Jammu Pradesh had shaken the coalition government. This outrageous act of gunning down a young man was aimed to create tension and disturbed harmony.

They said that the law of the land does not authorize anybody, even the kings and monarchs to kill any person. There is law of the land to deal with any situation or with any offence committed by any person or persons.

The NPP leaders made an appeal to the people of Jammu from all walks of life to keep their centuries’ old tradition of communal harmony which has been a cultural entity of the people of Jammu.

100,000 police personnel in J&K denied right to vote.

Hon’ble Shri V.S. Sampath
Chief Election Commissioner
Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road,
New Delhi

Sub:- 100,000 police personnel in J&K denied right to vote.

Sir,
This is another tragedy in the political history of J&K that over 100,000 police personnel engaged in different important places like Air Force, VIP security cover, police stations and in other places have not been allowed to take leave to cast their votes in the election. There is no arrangement/polling facilities for police personnel to cast their votes in place or places of their duty in the State. Though this facility has been provided to other employees engaged in civil services. The denial of voting right to a police man on duty is direct assault on democracy and rule of law.
I would like to request you to intervene in the matter so that the police personnel on duty outside their homes and the way from their polling stations shall not be deprived of their legitimate right to vote.
With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

Prof.Bhim Singh
Chief Patron