Bengal not for central recruitment of judiciary

It’s against federalism principle: Bengal

The West Bengal government on Friday advised the Supreme Court against evolving a central selection mechanism for appointing judicial officers in State subordinate judicial services, saying it is against the principle of federalism practised in Indian democracy.

‘Proper legislation’

“Don’t rush into an area that is uncertain and unknown… first fully understand the implications. If at all, such a mechanism should come through proper legislation,” senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi addressed a Bench led by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar.

Mr. Dwivedi said a central mechanism would usurp the constitutional duty of the State High Courts under Article 233 of the Constitution.

Constitutional duty

The Article provides that the Governor should appoint district judges in consultation with the High Court concerned.

Mr. Dwivedi said this constitutional duty was the cornerstone of independence of State judiciary.