High Court (India)

June 12, 2019

Justice Akil Kureshi: Law Ministry acting like an errant postman, writes Senior Advocate Vivek Tankha

[ By Titus Manickam Rock ]


Senior Advocate Vivek K. Tankha, Member of Rajya Sabha, has expressed his concern over the delay in notifying the appointment of Justice Akil Kureshi as Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court, in a letter to Union Law Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad. Withholding recommendations of the Collegium for nearly two months erodes the confidence of the people in the Collegium system, he said.

Tankha also took exception to the past record of the NDA government when it comes to clearing files sent by the Collegium, saying it was not encouraging.

Stating that the Law Ministry might be correct in its belief that it was not a post office, he commented of late it has been acting like an errant postman. He went on to conclude that the Central Government’s conduct lead one to the inescapable conclusion that the Centre and Law Ministry have lost its faith in the Collegium and its decision-making ability.

Feeling such a message is a disastrous one and will lead to the erosion of reputation of the judiciary in the minds of people at large he feared it was also indicative of the fact that the Ministry is choosing to take a public stand and go against the Constitutional Scheme for judicial appointment.

Tankha appealed to the Central Government to preserve the Constitutional Scheme and instill confidence in the judiciary.

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