Is 'Judicial Independence' at stake?The 'Supreme Court Collegium' has recommended two names that of Ms. Indu Malhotra and Justice K.M. Joseph for appointment as Supreme Court judges. The recommendations were sent to the government in January, this year. The government after sitting over the file for three months, cleared the name of Ms. Indu Malhotra and asked the collegium to reconsider the other name.
Incidentally Justice K.M.Joseph was responsible for the cancellation of central government rule in Uttarakhand in 2016. This is likely to give a message that the judges who rule against the government may face consequences. This will lower the trust the people have in the judicial system. The interference of the government in the judicial system is not good for the country. The judiciary is the main hope for the people as the government is the defendant in a majority of the cases. The action of the government is a blow to the judiciary which is an important pillar of the democracy.