A day after a senior Supreme Court judge alleged lack of transparency as he boycotted a meeting of the collegium or the group of senior-most judges that decides on judicial appointments, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur today responded saying, "we will sort it out."
Justice Thakur's brief response came when he was asked about Justice J Chelameswar's refusal to take part in Collegium meetings on the grounds they were functioning in an "opaque" and "non-transparent" manner. Justice Thakur, who was at a convocation event at the National Law University (NLU) in Delhi, did not elaborate.
Justice Chelameswar, the fifth senior-most judge who is part of the five-member Collegium headed by CJI and Justices AR Dave, JS Khehar and Dipak Misra as other members, did not attend the Collegium meet that was scheduled on Thursday. He also shot off a letter to the Justice Thakur expressing unwillingness to take part in Collegium meetings on several grounds including that it has been functioning in an "opaque" and "non-transparent" manner.
The meeting of the Collegium was called off due to Justice Chelameswar's absence. At a separate event, Justice Chelameswar declined to take any questions on the collegium issue which has snowballed into a major controversy. It is not the right place to ask me such questions," he told media persons with folded hands at the Eighth Law Teachers' Day function in Delhi.
Justice Chelameswar is reported to have said that no reason, no opinion is recorded in the system of selection of judges and that just two people decide the names and come back to the meeting and ask for a yes or no. He further asked whether a judge of the Supreme Court or High Court can be selected in such a manner.