It is extremely heartening that the Supreme Court has finally opened up its doors to transparency in matters concerning to judicial appointments. The current Collegium mode is the safest and surest way to preserve the Independence of the Judiciary had it not been reduced to a cabal. The collegium had ended up being a very secret club with the proceedings not being a public record. That veil of secrecy was untenable and had to go. The collegium system must infact be given a constitutional status with all its deliberations being very transparent and within the purview of public scrutiny.
In the process of judicial appointments the Judiciary must be accountable to the public at large while it should also be totally insulated from political interference whatsoever. Only then will the Judiciary act as a successful defensive wall against the growing excesses and abuse of power by the executive and legislature.
There is a dire need for the judiciary to look into the aspect of wider accountability of Judges by ensuring that a few black sheep do not blemish the fair image of the entire Judiciary.
Lord Harry Woolf, a former Chief Justice of England had said "Like old clocks, our judicial institutions need to be oiled, wound up and set to true time".
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